Track 6. Cultural Cities

Track Chairs: Dr. Arthur Parkinson School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

Dr. Zhumin Xu, Department of Geography, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Andrew Tallon, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England.

How do cities use culture today? While cultural gentrification might make our cities both more secure and civilised places to live, it has also another side in terms of social justice and symbolic economy. This track deals with culture in a number of ways, firstly dealing with the tendency for change and development to challenge and threaten different elements of cultural heritage, in terms of both physical (built) and intangible aspects of the cultural heritage of cities. The second element relates to the cultural expression of diverse and multicultural cities, how space and place are represented and negotiated, and how identity and culture are embedded in urban spaces. How do we create more inclusive urban spaces, respecting and embracing diversity and culture in all its guises? Thirdly, how is culture broadly conceived, and how is it utilised in cities as an element in development and regeneration?