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Montague, LM., Powell, A., Swindells, S., 2015.

Cultural Economics: Relating Urban Design, Art and Civic Society as a Platform for Creative Consultation

Output Type:Conference paper
Presented at:2nd International Conference on "Changing Cities II: spatial, design, landscape & socio-economic dimensions
Publication:Proceedings of the International Conference on Changing Cities II: Spatial, Design, Landscape & Socio?economic dimensions
Venue:Porto Heli, Greece
Publisher:Grafima Publications
Dates:22/6/2015 - 26/6/2015

Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England, faces a particular set of circumstances which are representative of those faced by many post-industrial settlements in current times. This paper traverses the socio-economic, political and cultural background to these circumstances: to broadly understand the interrelationship between urban design, the regional cultural offer and civic society through the lens of 'cultural economics'. At a time when much of Europe is still feeling the effects of the global recession; and when the north of England has been particularly devastated by cuts to
public sector funding, it explores heritage, culture and history in relation to place-making and place 'branding'. It asks how a cultural offer within a locale might be understood in terms of economic infrastructure, and how culture as a social and economic resource might be strengthened by the support of local government and the community through 'creative consultation'.