Subverting the Real: Temporary Creative Interventions Transforming Regeneration Practice
This paper describes how a strategic analysis of the local and wider social, economic and environmental value of art is resolved in proposals for a range of temporary and permanent transformations through the development of briefs alongside a mechanism for delivery that embeds certain process based projects within existing statuary projects.
The University of Portsmouth School of Architecture worked in close consultation with Portsmouth City Council who have adopted the strategy to help inform their City-wide Regeneration Strategy. The project identifies and makes proposals for initiatives that will begin to test out some of the specific and accepted regeneration propositions for the City. A series of transferable lessons are offered as recommendations for transformation of public space to public place that gives room to the diverse desires and needs of communities, the artistic temporary transformation becomes an expression of their often modest claims on public space, it challenges existing regeneration approaches and sets out a possible typology of spaces which seek to create a unique identity for the City through temporary works, events and performances as well as the making of public places.
The paper illustrates how via an extensive programme of workshops, study trips, seminars and design charrettes, sites were identified within the city: including unexpected types of open spaces, and through the implementation of this strategy and the physical realisation of a temporary transformation it has not only delighted and challenged but, as an act of social engineering has questioned the regeneration of City spaces to have an equivalence of experience for all who navigate them both physically and conceptually, and have inspired a sense of ownership through occupation, confrontation, collaboration and experience.
The evaluation process will continue with a series of initiatives, proposals and events planned over the course of the next year.
Keywords: Place-Making, Temporary Interventions, Creative City Identity, Culture-Led Regeneration, Subverting, Design, Architecture, Urbanism, Interactive, Participatory
Chair: CURe Creative Urban Regeneration Unit, Portsmouth School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth
Public Arts Officer, Department of Culture, Portsmouth City Council