Sheffield: this is hardcore

Jones, Adrian and Matthews, Chris (2017) Sheffield: this is hardcore. In: The Sheffield Modernist Society, 31 May 2017, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.

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Given the economic shocks of the 1980s Sheffield’s resilience has been heroic, particularly its approach towards the public realm and creative industries. The Gold Route, Peace Gardens, Sheaf Square, Devonshire Place and Winter Gardens are together the greatest public space improvements of any city in the country. However this has not been without setback and mistake, such as the building of Meadowhall Shopping Centre and the demolitions of Don Valley Stadium and Castle Market. Part of the city’s success and problems are the result of historical circumstances, such as a distinctively hilly topography, its development from a socially mobile city of workshops, a relatively small commercial centre and its impressive postwar modernist achievements.

Keywords:urban history, architecture, town planning
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V360 History of Architecture
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V321 Local History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:28042
Deposited On:26 Jul 2017 14:20

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