By Daniel Hinchcliffe, Judith Rugg

This moment quantity investigates the multi-disciplinary terrain of area and tradition, extending the bounds of urbanism and addressing problems with public area. It demonstrates that serious figuring out of cultural interventions in public house is now correct to a number of disciplines. Contributions contain works on: the exam of ''authentic'' public area in Barcelona; the connection of the paintings of Doris Salcedo to the unseen areas in Birmingham; the consequences of gender within the construction of The Wapping venture in East London; the self-representation of asylum-seekers from Bosnia-Herzegovina; the difficulty of the ''imagined'' group when it comes to the Irish in Britain; and the importance of assemblage within the paintings of Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the worldwide significance of neighborhood activities in collaborations among ecologists and artists.

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As a headquarters for the Women's Playhouse Trust, The Wapping Project has embodied the Foucauldian idea of heterotopic space. In danger of becoming isolated and removed through its geographical and ideological location, yet dedicated to addressing just that, through its 'otherness' the building in its function, representation and use manifests several aspects of heterotopias. In its function of ‘home’ and references to the industrial, The Wapping Project juxtaposes different spaces that are incompatible to each other and that are also linked to different times (past and future).

Similarly, we have seen how selective sensuous experiences are fostered by the regeneration strategies: purified, ordered experiences. Both of these procedures indicate the pervasive control of micro-relations which regeneration strategies command in everyday life, both physical and social. However, a closer analysis of the daily life in el Raval and users’ experiences has revealed clear tensions between the standardisation of aesthetic strategies, here defined as ‘designer heritage aesthetic’, and its subversion by local specific sensescapes and spatial practices.

Furthermore, the uniform imposition of ‘designer heritage aesthetics’ supports Zukin’s (1995) assumption that the forces of globalisation, such as regeneration, erase any authentic space in favour of reproduced, easily identifiable and increasingly homogenized space, thereby diminishing local identity. On the other side of the coin, whilst old, historical features have been smoothed out painted, sandblasted to fit as ‘heritage’ artefacts into the new aesthetic strategy, they can also be interpreted as important markers of time and memory in these places.

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