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Bleak Towns: Does Place Reputation Matter?
17 September 2012 — 17 September 2012
Greenwich, University of
Free event about place and identity on Monday 17 September at the University of Greenwich, featuring Owen Hatherley and Sam Jordison.
Place, identity and reputation are among the themes up for discussion during a free event on Monday 17 September at the University of Greenwich.
It will be led by two published writers, Owen Hatherley and Sam Jordison. Owen Hatherley writes primarily on architecture, politics and culture and is the author of Militant Modernism, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain and A New Kind of Bleak. The Guardian described his first book, Militant Modernism, as “intelligent and passionately argued”, while New Statesman referred to him as “a commentator on architecture ... in a school of one”.
Sam Jordison is co-editor of the humorous best-sellers Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK and Crap Towns II: The Nation Decides. He regularly writes for publications such as the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.
Bleak Towns: Does Place Reputation Matter? is hosted by the university’s Economic Development Resource Centre. The event is the first in a series of discussion forums featuring professionals debating themes of place, identity and reputation in an informal setting.
The centre’s Director, James Kennell, says: “We are very pleased to be hosting this event, which brings together original, influential thinkers in place-making and architecture. Innovative economic development needs to draw insights from radical perspectives like these if it is to help to create sustainable places where people want to live and work.”
The event will feature a question and answer session with the audience.
The Economic Development Resource Centre is part of the university’s Business School. It was formed to explore new thinking and ways of working in economic development and regeneration in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.