Urban Regeneration in the UK: Theory and Practice

Urban Regeneration in the UK: Theory and Practice

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By (author) Dr. Phil Jones, By (author) Dr. James Evans

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 239mm x 15mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 23 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1412934915
  • ISBN 13: 9781412934916
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 604,537

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The urban landscape of the UK is undergoing its most dramatic transformation since post-war reconstruction. This volume is a systematic guide to that transformation that draws together a mass of information - from policy reports to academic studies - into a single coherent text. Examining key aspects of the process from first principles, "Urban Regeneration in the UK": introduces and contextualises the UK urban regeneration agenda; brings together state-of-the-art research around key themes in governance, sustainability, competition, and design; uses case studies of UK contemporary regeneration projects; combines academic and theoretical explorations whilst linking theory and practice; and includes pedagogical features of key learning points, useful websites, a glossary and further reading. Aimed at those studying and working in the field of urban regeneration and planning, Urban Regeneration in the UK provides a highly readable introduction to urban regeneration for undergraduates, post-graduates, and practitioners.

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This is a topical and well crafted textbook and will be an important resource for students of urban regeneration. Dr Mike Raco King's College London Jones & Evans (as they will surely soon be known) have written a textbook that will become ubiquitous in the biographies of future scholars of UK urban regeneration: a comprehensive introduction to the subject with plenty of leads to future research. Briskly written, the book covers policy governance, competition, sustainability, design and cultural aspects of regeneration... Deftly stepping through a thicket of acronyms, the authors examine the roles and origins of LSVTs, SRBs, UDCs and RDAs, not to mention the LLDC, ODPM, DETR, CPRE and many, many others...A thread running through all the chapters is the way that successive Labour governments have continued Thatcherite principles, without significant debate or challenge. Indeed, it could be argued that New Labour has pursued Conservative principles more effectively than their predecessors, untroubled by militant unions or the left in general... The book concentrates on the "macho" area of redevelopment rather than the "softer" arts of community regeneration, with the authors concluding that the programmes that support communities were intrinsically weak, with the exception of Northern Ireland. One result is that England has become a paradise of property speculation, with the newest purchasers scrabbling to buy even a grubby shoebox flat on a 105% interest-only mortgage over 45 years. Indeed, Jones & Evans question the notion of regeneration where (as in the case of the London Docklands and Shoreditch) the end result is an increase in social polarisation with little 'trickle down' to local residents. It includes a useful but all-to-brief listing of UK regeneration websites (that omits for example The Prince's Foundation, INTBAU and other NGOs), a superb bibliography and a handy glossary of terms that introduces basic concepts ...The book is a timely introduction to the maze of urban regeneration for students and a useful aide memoire for people who have worked in, for, with, or against urban regeneration in the United Kingdom. Useful as a handbook, a guidebook, or a cheatbook, it will undoubtedly find a home on shelves around the country. Matthew Hardy INTBAU The area of urban regeneration has long been popular with students from a number of disciplines but has tended to lack a student-friendly overview. This is a solid attempt to address this omission. Times Higher Education Handbook

Table of contents

Introduction Policy Framework Governance The Competitive City Sustainability Design and Cultural Regeneration Regeneration beyond the City Centre Conclusions Glossary