Designing cities for Arts: from landmark museums to cultural areas.

Designing cities for Arts: from landmark museums to cultural areas.

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Cultural areas comprise museums, auditoriums and scenic spaces and other cultural facilities strategically arranged. Chained political decisions or the celebration of major events are often the origin of these new scenarios. Planning urban requalification together with symbolic architecture have shaped and dynamized cities such as New York, Paris, Berlin, Madrid or Amsterdam.

The eloquent images of great cultural projects by starchitects have been promoted to requalify cities from various urban intervention patterns. The results of some urban intervention patterns that tried to create a network and establish a new competitive cultural area would be examined and compared (the renovation of the Museum Mile in Manhattan, the Museumkwartier in Amsterdam, the grands travaux of Paris from Mitterrand to Île de la Cité, the constitution of the Paseo de la Artes in Madrid). As a contrast, the examples of new urban branding strategy (Beaubourg, Ermitage, Thyssen) will be studied.

In a community of interests to which an expectant citizenry (residents, tourists, scholars), the promotion of the consumption of culture has taken advantage from the design of powerful architectures. Also, other complementary processes have accompanied these reshaping of cities: the redefinition of public space, the treatment of the architectural and archaeological heritage, the impact on the housing fabric with the gentrification and touristization of the urban environment. Education, training and leisure acquire new colors in the digital age, with face-to-face contact with works of art and collective demonstrations. Managing this legacy, with interruptions such as the current health crisis, requires rethinking the supply and management of these corridors rethought for culture and their possible evolution from recent architectural positions.

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Clara Mosquera-Pérez

University of Seville

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Clara Mosquera-Pérez

University of Seville

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Eduardo Mosquera-Adell

University of Seville

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2. Starchitecture

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6. Urban policies

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