Events and Urban Regeneration: The strategic use of events to revitalise cities

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In recent years, major sports, arts and cultural events such as the Olympics, have emerged as significant elements of public policy, particularly in efforts to achieve urban regeneration. As well as opportunities arising from new venues, these events are viewed as a way of stimulating investment, gaining civic engagement and publicizing progress to assist the regeneration process more generally. However, the pursuit of regeneration involving events is a practice that is poorly understood, controversial and risky. Events and Urban Regenerationis the first book to critically examine the use of events in regeneration by looking at a range of cities and a range of sporting, arts and cultural events projects. It analyzes varying theoretical perspectives to provide insight into why major events are important to contemporary cites. It examines the different ways in which events can assist regeneration, by reviewing good practice as well as problems and issues associated with this unconventional form of public policy. It identifies key issues faced by those tasked with using events to assist regeneration and suggests how practices could be improved in the future. The book adopts a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing together ideas from the geography, urban planning and tourism literatures, as well as from the emerging events and regeneration fields. It illustrates arguments with a range of international case studies placed within and at the end of each chapter, to show positive outcomes that have been achieved and examples of high profile failures. This timely book is essential reading for students and practitioners who are interested in events, urban planning, urban geography and tourism.

Author Biography

Andrew Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, UK.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. x
List of boxesp. xi
List of extended case studiesp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
List of abbreviations and acronymsp. xv
An introduction to events and urban regenerationp. 1
Towards a theoretical and critical understanding of event regenerationp. 18
The evolution of event regeneration strategiesp. 41
Event venues and urban regenerationp. 64
Events and the parallel physical regeneration of citiesp. 101
Events and social regeneration: from social impact to social leveragep. 134
Events and new directions for post-industrial citiesp. 169
Events and tourism development in post-industrial citiesp. 192
Delivering event regenerationp. 216
Conclusionsp. 252
Study questionsp. 269
Supporting readingp. 271
Further research on the internetp. 273
Referencesp. 275
Author indexp. 295
Subject indexp. 297
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