Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (International Library of Human Geography)

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Contemporary urban regeneration seeks to encourage diverse, creative new neighborhoods that are rich in economic potential. Yet the end result frequently displaces precisely those qualities, activities and communities it claims to engender. Are people best served by a preoccupation with regeneration as economic growth? In Remaking London Ben Campkin provides a lucid and wide-ranging critique of contemporary regeneration. Focusing on present-day regeneration areas in London that are key to the capital's modern identity, including the site of the 2012 Olympics, the result is both a compelling account of contested sites within the capital's recent history and a powerful critique of modern methods of urban regeneration.

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Ben Campkin is Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is co-editor (with Rosie Cox) of Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (I.B.Tauris, 2007).

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'An important and much needed corrective, full of fascinating insights, which exposes the myths of regeneration' - Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First-Century City 'Thoughtful and timely - an invaluable text'-Building Design 'a skillful historical account of the intertwined aesthetic, moral, social, and political projects that have been pursued in the name of regeneration - a crucial intervention into contemporary debates about urbanism' -LSE Review of Books 'Beautifully written, Remaking London provides a powerful critique of the contradictions of contemporary schemes, refreshingly 'un-academic' in tone, yet carefully researched'-Urban Times 'a beautifully crafted book and a jolly good read'-The Geographical

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