Culture, Regeneration and Bohemia Intro

Culture-led regeneration is a relatively new force within urban planning and gentrification strategies. Bringing counter culture and "bohemia" into the mix is something that has been part of gentrification since its conception, they just hadn't been so clearly instrumentalised or written into the text until recently.


Are artists and cultural producers now fully inscribed within these strategies and processes or is it still possible to question and create public projects that can operate on some other level - particularly now in light of the financial crisis and its massive impact on the public sector and redevelopment schemes?


Related art projects


Public Workspace Playscape Sculpture Graz, 2009

The Death and Life of the Workplace/Public Space, 2009

Temporarily Permanent Monument to the Occupation of Pseudo Public Space, 2009

The Creative City in Ruins. Drawings for Mute Magazine, 2009

Art and Security, 2007

Culture Creep, 2005

The Art of Urbanomics, 2003

Why Don't You...?, 1999

Hudson River Park Proposal, 1999

The Cruel Dialectic: Decay and Opportunity, 1999

Tompkins Square Park Monument to Civil Disobedience, 1997

Romney Reborn, 1996


Related collaborative projects


Edible Park with Permaculture Den Haag, 2010

You Have Been Misinformed with Stephan Dillemuth, 2008

The Kite Kiosk with Simon & Tom Bloor and Gavin Wade, 2008

Counter Campus with Stephan Dillemuth, 2005


Projects by friends, artists and activists


Southwark Notes


A great resource on gentrification and art and regeneration focusing on South London.


Parallel Lines Project

A documentary told through lives, histories and developments parallel to the High Line, a park on New York City's West Side.



Geneva based education and curatorial project


Es regnet Kaviar - Aktionsnetzwerk gegen Gentrification

Hamburg action-network against gentrification


Park Fiction

Park design from below, Hamburg, Germany


Center for Urban Pedagogy

A Brooklyn based nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve civic engagement