Conference Report: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017

4th Special Session – Retail aspects in Urban Geography and Urban Planning

Europe the state of play: the challenge of retail decentralisation

by Dr Steve Millington

This is the first conference report on the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017 that took place in Boston, USA, in April 2017The growth of OOT shopping centres, which privilege car access, together with online retailing, is is now creating challenges for towns and cities on mainland Europe.  There are parallels with our findings from the HSUK2020 and #BDSU projects, with medium sized centres facing the greatest threats from the retail disinvestment and decentralisation. In this first conference report you will find

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Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 2)

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by Dr. Steve Millington

In the second session on creative place making Dominic Walker (University of Exeter) introduced a three projects in community place making organised by the Critical Art Ensemble http://www.critical-art.net/.  The objective of this group is to ground ideas about science and technology in places.  The projects Dominic referred to operate at different scales; the collective, the large and the individual:

These projects are confrontational, designed to provoke strong reactions as means to engaging the community in critical ideas about the function of science and technology in contemporary society Continue reading “Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 2)”

Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 1)

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by Dr. Steve Millington

San Francisco, USA. 29th March 2016: Creative Place Making

Cara Courage (University of Brighton) and Anita McKeown (SMARTLAB, Dublin) organised two sessions entitled Creative Placemaking and beyond: continuing and reinvigorating the arts-led conversation to provide some timely reflection on the role of artists involved in community place making activities.  From a place management perspective, artists present an enticing package, offering creative practices and skills that might help practitioners address some thorny issues such as social cohesion or a lack of a strong place identity.  Continue reading “Association of American Geographers 2016. Conference report (Part 1)”