Subverting the Real: Temporary Creative Interventions Transforming Regeneration Practice

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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
Stream: Arts Policy, Management and Advocacy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Catherine Teeling

Chair: CURe Creative Urban Regeneration Unit, Portsmouth School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

Catherine Teeling is chair of the CURe, the Creative Urban Regeneration unit at the university of Portsmouth, senior lecturer and research coordinator in the Portsmouth School of Architecture And teaches; Architecture, Urban Design, urban regeneration, urban coding. Specialist expertise in Urban Design, Digital Design in particular Computation in Design, leading PhD research in Urban computational design codes and creative design applets for urban regeneration.

Gerry Wall

Public Arts Officer, Department of Culture, Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

Gerry Wall is a public art consultant who works with many development and regeneration partners, including local government, throughout south east and south west England. Prior to working with the private and public sector, Gerry developed and commissioned projects with Artangel, London, in a variety of settings with international artists and Turner prize winners including Rachel Whiteread, Douglas Gordon, Steve McQueen, Ilya Kabakov, Gabriel Orozco, Alain Platel and William Forsyth. Gerry has written many policies and strategies for the successful funding and implementation of public art and has secured substantial contributions from developers for integration of artists and site-specific art within major regeneration schemes.

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