Multifunctional Centres: a sustainable role for town and city centres

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by Dr Steve Millington, Nikos Ntounis, Prof Cathy Parker and Simon Quin

Executive summary [You can download the full report from the IPM site]

Whilst omni-channel retailing and the digital high street may be two of the latest talking points in the retail property industry, our towns and city centres have always been shape by a series of technological, social and political revolutions. The purpose of this report is to examine how, after many years of mono-functionality focused upon retailing, our centres are experiencing something of a renaissance, and remerging as multi-functional ones, supporting leisure and recreation, employment, tourism, heritage, culture, housing, employment, education, health and wellbeing, as well as retail. Continue reading “Multifunctional Centres: a sustainable role for town and city centres”

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)”