The Cultural Infrastructure of Cities /

This collection of essays offers a fresh perspective on infrastructure, inviting readers to (re)consider the ways that culture is produced and expressed within cities by examining the geographies of its spaces, venues, performances and embodiments.

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Bibliographic Details
Other Authors / Creators:Bain, Alison L., 1974- editor.
Podmore, Julie A., editor.
Format: eBook Electronic
Imprint: Newcastle Upon Tyne : Agenda Publishing, 2023.
Series:Urban Worlds
Online Access:Click here for full text
Table of Contents:
  • Intro
  • Half Title
  • Series Information
  • Title Page
  • Dedication
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • List of Contributors
  • Chapter 1 Introduction: configuring urban cultural infrastructure
  • Introduction
  • The cultural turn in urban studies
  • Culture in the urban "infrastructural moment"
  • Theoretical fragments of urban cultural infrastructure
  • Cohering and defining urban cultural infrastructure
  • Covid-19 and the fragility of cultural infrastructure
  • Configuring urban cultural infrastructure
  • Conclusion
  • Part I Producing culture
  • Chapter 2 Clustering cultural infrastructure in districts
  • Introduction
  • An (in)formal infrastructure to cluster culture: the cultural district in theory
  • Cultural districts in practice: from Berlin to Leipzig and Toronto to Hamilton
  • Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
  • Baumwollspinerei, Tapetenwerk, Westwerk and Kunstkraftwerk
  • Distillery District and 401 Richmond
  • James Street North
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3 The relational infrastructure of open creative labs
  • Introduction
  • Open creative labs as shared spaces of work and experimentation
  • Open creative labs as open infrastructure
  • Producing iterations of openness and closure in open creative labs
  • Producing culture in open creative labs
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4 Affordable studio space as cultural infrastructure: land trusts and the future of creative cities
  • Introduction
  • Artistic production in the face of gentrification
  • Creative land trusts: sustaining cultural infrastructure?
  • Defining affordability
  • Demonstrating the value of artists' studios to potential partners
  • Artists and studio groups engaging with the CLT
  • Creating a "third estate"
  • Conclusion
  • Part II Performing culture
  • Chapter 5 The infrastructural politics of post-pandemic theatrical performance
  • Introduction
  • Infrastructure/politics/performance
  • Infrastructural adjustments
  • or, how did theatres pivot?
  • Transposition of theatrical form
  • Reconceptualization of theatre's spatial relations
  • Reimagination of theatre's service to community
  • Infrastructural transformation in three domains
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6 The performative contingency of cultural infrastructure
  • Infrastructure of dominance
  • What counts as cultural infrastructure?
  • Scaling a cultural infrastructure (to maybe tear it down)
  • A network of community arts and cultural centres: Feierwerk Gelände in Munich
  • Siphoning power
  • Dancing at Plug in Beats
  • Feedback loops
  • Transformation (or containment?)
  • Conclusion: contingent cultural infrastructure
  • Chapter 7 Embodying cultural infrastructure in Carnival
  • Introduction
  • Situating Carnival in New Orleans
  • Embodying Carnival
  • Negotiating Carnival
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8 Youthful city-making through peripheral cultural infrastructure
  • Introduction
  • Peripheral cultural explosion