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The social experiences and uses of post-war modernist urban heritage conservation and regeneration : London Southbank Centre.

Aelbrecht, Patricia 2021. The social experiences and uses of post-war modernist urban heritage conservation and regeneration : London Southbank Centre. Heritage 4 (2) , pp. 641-663. 10.3390/heritage4020037

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Abstract

Since the 1960s, post-war modernist heritage has been largely criticised and victimised by the public opinion because of its material failures and elitist social projects. Despite these critiques, post-war modernist heritage is being reassessed, revalued and in some places successfully rehabilitated. There is a growing recognition that most of the critiques have often been the result of subjective and biased value and taste judgments or incomplete assessments that took into account neither urban design nor the users’ experiences. This paper aims to contribute to these reassessments of post-war modernist urban heritage legacies. To do so, it places the user’s social experiences and uses, and the urban design at the centre of the analysis, by using a combination of ethnographic methods and urban design analysis and focusing on the public spaces of South Bank Centre in London, the UK’s largest and most iconic and contested post-war modernist ensemble with a long history of conservation and regeneration projects. Taken together, the findings demonstrate the importance of including the users’ social experiences and uses in the conservation and regeneration agendas if we want to achieve more objective and inclusive assessments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
ISSN: 2571-9408
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 13 April 2021
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2021 08:20
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/140507

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