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Post-Industrial Chimneys seen Through Urban Regeneration Imaginaries: toward a Networked GeoHumanities

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 PICTURING project word cloud

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Project "PICTURING" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLACA DE LA MERCE, 10-12
postcode: 8002

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 259˙398 €
 EC max contribution 259˙398 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-07-01   to  2023-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA ES (BARCELONA) coordinator 259˙398.00


 Project objective

This research explores industrial heritage and urban regeneration in European cities and the cultural, social, and economic implication of the regeneration of postindustrial districts. The proposed research action looks at a specific element of the urban built environment that has served as the predominating symbol of industrial—and postindustrial—cities: the industrial chimney. Through a perspective that compares policies, impacts and perceptions of industrial heritage-driven urban regeneration strategies, I aim to explore Barcelona, Manchester, and Łódź. The societal challenges of deindustrialization and questions of how to manage economic and physical transition in formerly industrial cities is one that drives difficult conversations about collective memory, gentrification, and community development.

These three cities have become focal points in industrial heritage and postindustrial reinvention, and are thus ideal comparative case studies to explore different approaches to conservation and regeneration strategies through exploring the totemic presence (or conspicuous absence) of smokestacks. How have each of these cities approached, and responded to, these massive spatial, social, and economic shifts spurred on by the restricting of the global economy, how has this manifested in what has been preserved and what has been demolished in the historical built environment, and how have local communities fared in the process?

My proposed research contributes to the emerging field of the GeoHumanities, and UPF is one of the leading centers of GeoHumanities scholarship. It will involve comparative case studies of these three cities based on qualitative fieldwork, documentary analysis, and photographic/curatorial methods. In Barcelona, it will also include an innovative new photo-elicitation method involving community response to a visual taxonomy of chimneys throughout the city, as well as a final exhibition at the city’s MACBA museum, where I would have a Secondment.

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