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Place-making and Creativity 2: Community Approaches to Regeneration

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Julie Clark, Nick Wise
Chairs: Julie Clark


This session invites theoretical and empirical papers that engage with the use of creative practices in community regeneration.

Keywords: community; regeneration; culture; arts; events; policy; place making; creative methods; qualitative.

Community, sense of community, and community development practices have long been topics of academic debate. Critical geography has confronted naïve conceptualisations of community, as well as highlighting top-down policy initiatives that have ranged from the paternalistic to pathologising the communities that they claim to serve. In the face of in-migration or out-migration, demographic change and a shifting economic base, there has been a resurgent awareness of the value of community initiatives in regeneration.

Creative practices have played an increasing role in, especially, urban populations, as people look for innovative ways of tackling the challenges that they face in changing communities. Grassroots approaches to place-focussed regeneration have encompassed the spectrum of cultural activities, from music, traditional crafts, open studios and public art projects to arts or cultural festivals. In parallel, there is considerable research and policy engagement with asset-based approaches and arts-based methods in supporting community activity. However, while community engagement with creative practices in regeneration may express identity, build a sense of inclusion or support positive health and wellbeing, they are by no means unproblematic.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Julia Bordelon*, The University of Texas At Austin, “We have definitely closed the wound”: Landscapes of fear and contested place-making in Buenos Aires 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Minji Kim*, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Rethinking Displacement: The Challenge of Gentrification and ‘Un-homing’ in a Disadvantaged Neighborhood in South Korea 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Benjamin Barron*, University of Colorado, ReCreating the homeplace: community-based theater in Central Appalachia 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Robert Williams 15 12:00 AM

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