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City Images and Urban Regeneration

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Frank Eckardt and Peter Kreisl

City Images and Urban Regeneration reflects upon extant and experimental concepts in urban planning, life, society and development. This volume integrates contributions deriving from both points of departure: the reflection on urban regeneration processes and the visual perception of urbanity. With this book, the editors want to take up the long debate on «guiding images» in urban planning and present some new approaches to them. Examples are given from Sweden, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria and France, among others. The contributions are written by authors with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines as economy, sociology, art, history, architecture, political science, urban and regional planners. Off the beaten track of discussing urban life, they all give answers to the question, how we can find the principles, images, concepts, fantasies, politics and planning theories that regard the future of urban planning.
Contents: Frank Eckardt/Peter Kreisl: Introduction – Dieter Hassenpflug: Some Remarks on Urban Signs and Symbols in History – Rob Atkinson/Frank Eckardt: Urban Policies in Europe: the Development of a New Conventional Wisdom? – Achim Prossek: A Coal Mine is not a Coal Mine: Image Improvement and Symbolic Representation of the Ruhr Area – Thomas Niedomysl/Lars-Erik Borgegård: Marketing the North: Place Marketing to attract In-migrants to the Northern Parts of Sweden – Antonella Bruzzese: Images in Action. City-Image Making in Processes of Urban Transformations – Mikołaj Madurowic/Marek Pieniążek: Changes in the Management of Urban Space in the Eyes of the Inhabitants of Warsaw – Philippe Fayeton: Icons and Myths of Future Urban Districts – Leonel Fadigas: Images, Memory and Urban Regeneration – Ivonne de Notaris/Elisa Pozzoli: Urban Regeneration Policies in a Medium-sized City of Southern Italy: Salerno, a Town in Transformation and the Strength of Images – Jörg Knieling: Big Projects, Festivalisation and Visions as Strategies of Urban Planning in Global Times - Case Study Metropolis Hamburg – Angelika Psenner: The Production of Urban Space. A Field Study on Visual Perception of Architectural Space – Brigitte Schwab: The Rise of Urban Symbols through Cultural Policies. Three Flagship Cultural Projects between Internationalisation Strategies and Local Resistance – Lars Bölling: Creating «Spatial Identity»: A Way to improve the Periphery? – Julia Müller: Viewing Gentrification: A Photographic Study of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin.