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Edges, exchanges and events; as strategic reinvigoration of city

Brown, GP (2015) Edges, exchanges and events; as strategic reinvigoration of city. In: Changing Cities 2, 22 June 2015 - 26 June 2015, Porto Heli. Peloponnese. Greece. (Accepted)

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Liverpool is both physically born from the edge and retains an edgy disposition with all of its connotations. It’s a port city that was seriously affected by containerization and political prejudice from the late 50s until the Millennium when the city’s fortunes changed through a series of fortunate events associated with the City’s edgy disposition. The unique and cyclical orchestration of events left a physical and psychological legacy that invigorated urban voids. These series of fortunate events were not all led by city representatives but by local personalities, groups and companies. The paper is an explanation of some of these events and their legacies catalysed through the city’s edge phenomena. Even though the world may be considered holistic, as Heidegger postulates we comprehend it through difference. This separation to distinguish can be described as ‘an intent of perception’ that subconsciously knows they are related “By disengaging two things from the undisturbed state of nature, in order to designate them ‘separate’, we have already related them to each other in our awareness” [07] Perception actively forms edges and perceptually we prefer a level of complexity in our visual field. “Humans prefer ambiguous, complex patterns in their visual field and that this seems a fundamental perceptual preference”. [18] The city as a spatial and cultural maelstrom of unfolding and interpretive ‘edge conditions’ constitutes our perceptually desirable landscape embracing and enabling its milieu to delve into its thickness. The edge is where happenings intensify, it is the co-location of phenomena in place that catalyses events. “All human action takes and makes place. The past is the set of places made by human action. History is a map of these places”[08] Topographic locations with dynamic edge-mental conditions tend to develop into serial places as city. The friction generated by the density of a city’s edge conditions generating overlap to gathered processes enabling an intensity of events. City is event-mental reflecting an underlying structured edge condition system associated with our activities and expectancies as preferences of perception. These perceptual preferences appear to be in a “aufhebung” [26] state. Figure 1. Reconstructing the city through unique and cyclical events Keywords; City, Reinvigoration, Edges, Exchanges, Events

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Liverpool School of Art and Design
Publisher: Grafima Publications 2015
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 11:11
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2015 11:11
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1580

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