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  • seandodson 10:41 am on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , beecham tower, dave haslam, , , , regeneration   

    Dave Haslam on the rebuilding of Manchester 

    liverpool-road-and-beetham-tower-manchester-177798As part of its Changing Cityscapes series, BBC News has invited former-Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam to ruminate on the transformation of his adopted city. The three-minute video is a characteristically thoughtful look at the city’s reinvention.

    Here he is on the recently completed 47-story Beetham Tower, now the tallest in the city:

    “I love the fact that its a reflection of that steel-grey Manchester sky: solid and quiet and solitary,” he says.

    (via Cerysmatic Factory)

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    • Alison Bell 2:52 pm on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Beecham Tower? Is that Beetham Tower with a touch of swine flu?

    • seandodson 3:02 pm on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for pointing that out Alison.

  • seandodson 12:49 pm on April 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    How Berlin will help you beat the recession blues 

    berlinThere’s an inspired post over at Berlin’s Click Opera about the “Berlinification” of cities around the world. The post cites the UK government’s emergency measures to distribute thousands of grants to people who find creative uses for vacant shops as evidence of this emerging trend. Such a move – if successful – they argue should create a creative flourishing or the arts and culture, as happened to Berlin after the fall of the wall:

    “Since it’s a global recession, I also like to think Berlin has now become a sort of template for cities all over the world. Whereas we might once have looked like a museum of crusty subcultures past their sell-by date, this city now looks like the future of Tokyo, the future of London, and the future of New York. We’re your best-case scenario, guys, your optimal recessionary outcome. Everything else is dystopia, Escape-From-New-York stuff.”

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  • seandodson 12:25 pm on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Fighting Words: Roddy Doyle’s writing centre opens in Dublin 

    photo_centre1Roddy Doyle’s much anticipated creative writing centre. Fighting Words, has gone online prior to its opening in Dublin in January. Taking its inspiration from David Eggers’ 826 Valencia, the centre pairs volunteer professional writers with local children. It doesn’t mention the fact explicitly, but the subtext here is that one-on-one mentoring can help revive a deprived quarter of a city.

    Doyle’s centre is the first European member of the Once Upon a School movement that has swept across the deprived cities of America. It is beautifully inspiring stuff. For more on this see Eggers’ (very funny) speech at Ted Conference earlier this year.

    • max the plumber 10:42 pm on December 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      eggers is a true don, ahwosg is a must read for every parent

    • Kathy Hall 4:11 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Roddy Doyle will be in San Francisco on Sept 17th, 2010 , to talk about ‘Fighting Words’, it is open to the public, all proceeds to go Ireland’s Fighting Words, If anyone is interested please join us!! details available at http://www.ILHSsf.org (Irish Literary & Historical Society of SF Bay Area). Cheers, K

    • Orlaith Griffin 9:07 pm on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Fighting Words,
      I am Orlaith Griffin.I came to your place in Dublin with my class from Balrothery National School.It was one the best days of my life!!!Thank you so much for the experience.The book we wrote was amazing!!!My entire family loved it!!!

  • seandodson 8:07 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bilbao, , , newcastle, regeneration, , , , zara hadid   

    Has the “Bilbao Effect” been largely confined to Bilbao? 

    Jonathan Glancey’s recent thoughts on the new Turner gallery in Margate (Margate should resist the Bilbao effect) reminded me of an excellent article I read a few years ago in the New York Times Magazine examining the rise in futuristic architecture projects around the world. Glancey’s article also got me thinking. Where outside Bilbao has a single building been able to transform a whole city, in the way that the Guggenheim transformed Bilbao? The best answer I could come up with was Newcastle and the regenerative effects of the Baltic. But Newcastle was already booming before they rebuilt the Baltic and turned it into a very good art gallery.

    Anyway, here’s the quote:

    “Like any big-stakes, winning gamble, Bilbao’s good fortune has inspired other cities and institutions to take the plunge … This development is encapsulated by a remark that the director for the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Rome made a few years ago to Koolhaas, who had entered the competition (which Zara Hadid eventually won) to design its new museum. ”We need a building that does for Rome what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao,” Koolhaas was told.”

    As the architect later remarked to me, ”That is a staggering statement, because Rome doesn’t need to be put on the map.”

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