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From Geddes’ city museum to Farrell’s urban room: past, present, and future at the Newcastle City Futures exhibition

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Dr Dhruv SookhooORCiD



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© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Genuine engagement about how best to achieve liveable urban futures should be part of planning’s raison-d’etre but it has a chequered history of delivery. Exhibitions harnessing the communicative power of mixed media and linked to a progressive and responsive programme of focused discussion and debate remain relevant to community consultation and civic engagement. Terry Farrell’s concept of the ‘urban room’ to involve citizens in engaging with the past, present, and future of towns and cities offers a contemporary refreshment of the approach propounded by Patrick Geddes from the early 1900s. The possibilities of creating novel and compelling opportunities for civic discourse in this guise are explored in this review article though the Newcastle City Futures pop-up exhibition and events held in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 2014. This event carries lessons for imagining how planners, developers, governments, and community groups may come together to critically and creatively forge future propositions for the urban condition.

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Author(s): Tewdwr-Jones M, Sookhoo D, Freestone R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Perspectives

Year: 2019

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Pages: 277-297

Online publication date: 23/01/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 11/02/2019

ISSN (print): 0266-5433

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4518

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2019.1570475


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