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|Title||Measure for measure: evaluating the evidence of culture’s contribution to regeneration.|
Evans, G. (2005). Measure for measure: evaluating the evidence of culture’s contribution to regeneration. Urban Studies, 42, 5/6: 959‑83.
|Link to article|| https://doi.org/10.1080%2F00420980500107102
|Abstract||;Culture-led regeneration, as it has come to be known, is now a feature of cities—old and new—as they seek to revive former industrial and waterfront sites and city centres, and establish themselves as competitive cities of culture. At the same time, the rationale for cultural input to area and neighbourhood regeneration has been extended to include quality of life, as well economic outcomes. The evidence of how far flagship and major cultural projects contribute to a range of regeneration objectives is, however, limited. Measuring the social, economic and environmental impacts attributed to the cultural element in area regeneration is problematic and the ‘evidence’ is seldom robust. The paper reviews both evidence and the indicators used to measure impacts and concludes with an assessment of how and why gaps in evidence persist.|
At the same time, the rationale for cultural input to area and neighbourhood regeneration has been extended to include quality of life, as well economic outcomes. at a conference entitled building tomor- row: culture in regeneration held in salford north-west england in february participants from national and city gov- ernment and cultural agencies made a call for greater evidence to support the claims com- monly made for the ways in which arts and cultural activity contribute to successful regeneration dcms. found that the image or attractiveness of a development was a significant factor in an occupiers choice of building although rental cost location and quality were more important. three models through which cultural activity is incorporated or incorporates itself into the regeneration process can be distinguished over this period: culture-led regeneration cul- tural regeneration and culture and regener- ation although these are not necessarily mutually exclusive particularly over the longer term. whilst the process may be consensual the physical end-product may be less soevidence of local and commu- nity however defined influence on the shape and content of cultural facilities within regen- eration schemes is rare whilst masterplanners star architects and cultural intermediaries are brought in to create a vision of place.