Sensing Cities : Regenerating Public Life in Barcelona and Manchester

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-20
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This book identifies an important aspect in the analysis of urban change in the late twentieth century by highlighting the significance of the senses in the constitution of urban life.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
p. 1
Introduction: Sensing citiesp. 3
Urban redevelopment, the senses and public lifep. 7
Researching the sensesp. 12
Overview of the bookp. 13
Public life in late modernityp. 16
Space as social processp. 17
Sensing publicnessp. 20
A new urban aestheticp. 25
Commercial privatization and fortification of urban spacep. 30
Conclusionp. 34
Sensing the cityp. 35
Towards a 'socially embedded aesthetics'p. 36
The city of sensesp. 41
Place gesturesp. 47
Methodological discussion: rhythmanalysisp. 50
Conclusionp. 52
Sensuous powersp. 54
Flows of powerp. 55
Control through pleasurep. 59
Domination and resistancep. 62
Sensuous planning ideologiesp. 65
Conclusionp. 72
p. 75
Castlefield and El Ravalp. 77
A sensuous historyp. 78
Castlefield: from industrial revolution to inner city coolp. 83
El Raval: from 'Barrio Chino' to cultural quarterp. 93
Conclusionp. 103
Planning regenerationp. 105
The spatialization of regenerationp. 106
Formalizing public life in Castlefieldp. 120
Diluting public life in El Ravalp. 125
Conclusionp. 130
Perceptions from 'down below'p. 132
Castlefield: exclusive public spacesp. 133
El Raval: invisible public spacesp. 139
Castlefield: promoting selective historiesp. 144
El Raval: disrupting social livesp. 151
Conclusionp. 161
Living in regenerated worldsp. 162
Rhythms of everyday lifep. 163
Sensuous mappingsp. 173
Castlefield's 'taste wars'p. 176
El Raval's 'place wars'p. 179
Conclusionp. 191
Conclusion: Regenerating public life?p. 194
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 206
Indexp. 220
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