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Urban regeneration and sustainable communities: The role of networks, innovation and creativity in building successful partnerships.

Deakin, Mark and Allwinkle, Sam (2007) Urban regeneration and sustainable communities: The role of networks, innovation and creativity in building successful partnerships. Journal of Urban Technology, 14 (1). pp. 77-91. ISSN 1063 0732

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    Abstract/Description

    The following examination goes against the current
    trend in policy on urban regeneration partnerships by
    relaxing the assumption that they represent virtuous
    circles of mutually reinforcing actions that are good in their own right. It does this by offering a critique of the market-led urban regeneration initiatives and suggesting that they be replaced by a plan-led alternative. This would entail strategic actions being based on a sufficiently “place-based” knowledge of what communities need to be sustainable.

    Urban regeneration now uses partnerships, with cities, regional development agencies, and businesses seeking to leverage resources from the private sector and channel money, capital, and professional expertise into the development of villages and neighborhoods as part of
    the search for sustainable communities.

    By focusing on the social capital of collaborative platforms and consensus building, it has become possible to recognize the critical role networks, innovation, and creative partnerships play in representing places that are not only sites of ecological integrity, equity, and democratic renewal, but that are also locations where socially inclusive decision making can institutionalize the civic values required for the regeneration of urban villages and neighborhoods as self-sustaining communities.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 1063 0732
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban studies; Urban regeneration; Sustainable communities; Construction industry; Partnership; Management; Human geography;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Building & construction > 692 Auxiliary construction practices
    300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 307 Communities
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    T Technology > TH Building construction
    Item ID: 1998
    Depositing User: RAE Import
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2008 15:05
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 16:03
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/1998

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