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On place-making, participation and public art: the Gorbals, Glasgow

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Vee Pollock

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Abstract

Public art has become part of the rhetoric of regeneration and within this participation has come to play an increasingly significant role. Public art, through its aesthetic and process, is perceived as integral to place-making within regeneration practice, affording cohesion to otherwise disaffected and disillusioned communities and distinctiveness to reformed places. Based on the example of a regenerated inner city neighbourhood in Glasgow, the Gorbals, this paper questions the role of public participation in the installation of public art. How the regeneration of the neighbourhood unfolded was heavily influenced by new urbanist ideals in which placemaking techniques were instrumental in repositioning the perception of the neighbourhood for its residents as well as externally. We argue that within a complex process of regeneration there are limits to how public participation can be built into the process of installing public art reflecting in turn the different routes through which places become meaningful.


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Author(s): Pollock VL, Paddison R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Place-making and Sustainability

Year: 2014

Volume: 7

Issue: 1

Pages: 85-105

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

Online publication date: 16/01/2014

ISSN (print): 1754-9175

ISSN (electronic): 1754-9183

Publisher: Routledge

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2013.875057

DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2013.875057


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