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Recoveries and Reclamations

Advances in Art & Urban Futures Vol. 2

This second volume of the series Advances in Art & Urban Futures brings together contributions from artists, sociologists, architects and cultural theorists in addressing the recoveries and reclamations being made within urban and rural landscapes as a result of the fallout of redevelopment in the twenty-first century.

Recoveries and Reclamations addresses pertinent issues facing all those interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to developing critical interventions in public space.

The book includes the examination of the work of Doris Salcedo to the unseen spaces in Birmingham; the implications of gender in the creation of The Wapping Project in East London; the self-representation of asylum seekers from Bosnia-Herzegovina; the issue of the ’imagined’ community in relation to the Irish in Britain; the significance of assemblage in the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the global importance of local actions in collaborations between ecologists and artists.

160 pages | © 2002

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Table of Contents

                Series Introduction

                Malcolm Miles


                Jane Rendall

                General Introduction

                Judith Rugg and Daniel Hinchcliffe


Section 1 – Issues of Regeneration and Cultural Change


                Regenerating Public Life? A Sensory Analysis of Regenerated

                Public Places in El Raval, Barcelona

                Monica Degen

                Utopia from Dystopia:

                The Womens Playhouse Trust and the Wapping Project

                Judith Rugg

                New Urban Spaces:

                Regenerating a Design Ethos

                Paul Teedon

Section 2 – Artists’ Reclamations/Ecological Spatial Actions


                Art, Science and Ecological Enquiry:

                The Case of American Nineteenth-Century Landscape


                Kirk Savage

                Three Rivers – Second Nature

                The River Dialogues

                Tim Collins

                Seeing Through Place

                Local Approaches to Global Problems

                Malcolm Miles

                Skinningrove: A photo Essay

                Malcolm Miles

Section 3 – The Unseen Public Space


                Collective Assemblages, Embodiment and Enuciations

                Helen Stratford


                From Birmingham to Bogota:

                Tracing the Metaphor of Submerged Space Through the

                Architecture of 1960’s Birmingham and the Artistic

                Practice of Doris Salcedo

                Jane Calow

Section 4 – Identities and Communities

                Differences, Boundaries, Community:

                The Irish in Britain

                Mary J Hickman

                Renewing Methodologies for Socio-Cultural Research

                Global Refugees, Ethno-mimesis and the Transformative

                Role of Art

                Maggie O’Neil and Bea Tobolewska

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