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The resilience of a London Great Estate: urban development, adaptive capacity and the politics of stewardship

Davis, Juliet Patricia ORCID: 2018. The resilience of a London Great Estate: urban development, adaptive capacity and the politics of stewardship. Journal of Urbanism 11 (1) , pp. 103-127. 10.1080/17549175.2017.1360378

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This paper explores the concept of resilience through the planning, development, and management history of one of London’s Great Estates. The Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair and Belgravia was developed incrementally from the 1720s and continues to be managed on behalf of the aristocratic Grosvenor family. The Great Estates have been described as exemplars of effectively managed evolution in response to change in several non-academic publications and resilience acquired a strategic significance for Grosvenor in the early twenty-first century. This occurred in the context of the phenomenon of empty homes acquired by overseas investors which has steadily transformed the character of inner London areas, but also related to Grosvenor’s management future. The paper argues that the Grosvenor Estate provides an intriguing case for testing academic ideas of ‘evolutionary resilience’ while also raising issues of how resilience concepts are mobilised within the socio-political worlds of planning, development, and real estate management practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1754-9175
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 24 July 2017
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 18:11

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