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Ephemeral landscape and urban shrinkage

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ali MadanipourORCiD



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The paper investigates the phenomenon of short-lived landscapes in European cities, analysing the causes and contexts of their emergence, exploring their links with urban shrinkage, and examining their roles in urban transformation. Five cases from Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Paris and Brussels are studied in two groups of garden festivals and temporary parks, covering a range of scales, periods, locations and agents of development. Economic, political and cultural changes have created the conditions of urban shrinkage and temporary interventions, whereby landscape is treated as a flexible means to an end, a short-lived event that reflects, and paves the way for, structural change. As the cases demonstrate, however, the instrumental use of landscape for economic purposes is not the only way forward.

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Author(s): Madanipour A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Landscape Research

Year: 2017

Volume: 42

Issue: 7

Pages: 795-805

Online publication date: 06/08/2017

Acceptance date: 14/05/2017

Date deposited: 31/05/2017

ISSN (print): 0142-6397

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9710

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1355445


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