A future for regeneration (updated and expanded)


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This presentation brings together key points from the Real Regeneration series in New Start magazine and headlines from the regeneration manifesto we developed with practitioners and policy experts. An earlier version of this presentation was given at the fifth anniversary celebrations of Powell Dobson Urbanists in Cardiff. I've blogged about it here: http://livingwithrats.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-all-about-social-justice.html

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  • Slide 1. The idea that we can infinitely add more to what we currently have underpins most ‘regeneration’ strategies. Produce more cars every year; build more roads for them to travel on; build and rent out more office space; build more city centre apartments; create more shopping centres. Economic and placemaking strategies frequently fail to recognise limits to environmental resources, consumer demand, and communities’ capacity to withstand disruption. It’s an approach that values excess above sufficiency, sees waste as an economic good and reduces human wellbeing and life satisfaction to a byproduct of economic activity.
  • Slide 6: That means rethinking our approach to funding programmes, targets and accountability and creating new, hybrid organisations that bring together those who have a common interest in improving places and communities. Nobody has a monopoly of ideas and nobody should have a monopoly of implementation.
  • We need a new sense of home: places and communities that we value, feel safe in and where we share a sense of ownership with those around us. Most of the programmes and solutions of the last few decades have failed to achieve this, or have begun promisingly but fizzled out. It’s time to trust people to do this themselves.
  • A future for regeneration (updated and expanded)

    1. 1. A future for regeneration Julian Dobson New Start magazine
    2. 2. > ≠∞ [we can’t go on like this]
    3. 3. Why not? Austerity Uncertainty Climate change
    4. 4. Seven regeneration principles for today
    5. 5. 1 Sustain success
    6. 6. 2 Let go – or get out of the way
    7. 7. 3 Recognise communities’ potential
    8. 8. 4 Keep tackling inequality
    9. 9. 5 Focus on education and skills
    10. 10. 6 Promote quality of life and quality of place
    11. 11. 7 Reform the banking system
    12. 12. … but we will have to find different ways of getting there
    13. 13. A dozen hints of hope
    14. 14. 1 Find a shared language
    15. 16. <ul><ul><li>‘ Regeneration is the action of citizens and those who work with them to recreate home for new times, especially where there is poverty or disadvantage.’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Start magazine, January 2010 </li></ul>
    16. 17. 2 Measure real value, not just GVA
    17. 19. The UK security industry is worth £6bn a year. Is that a sign of a flourishing society?
    18. 20. 3 Recognise that climate change changes everything
    19. 22. Five principles of sustainable development: • living within environmental limits • ensuring a strong, healthy and just society • achieving a sustainable economy • promoting good governance • using sound science responsibly Securing the Future , 2005
    20. 23. 4 Neighbourhoods are the building blocks
    21. 25. ‘ There is a lot of jargon about regeneration... but really, as a resident, there is only one question. Is this an area I want my children to grow up in?’ Quoted in evaluation of Guide Neighbourhoods Programme, 2009
    22. 26. 5 Get to grips with the housing market
    23. 28. In 1993 an average-priced house in Kensington would buy you two average-priced houses in Leven, Fife. By 2003 a Kensington home would buy 24 comparable properties in Leven. National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, 2009
    24. 29. 6 Work is only part of the solution to poverty
    25. 31. In 1902 the employment rate for 15-64 year olds in the UK was 69%. In 2000 the employment rate was 71%. Office for National Statistics, 2003
    26. 32. 7 Connectedness is at the heart of community
    27. 34. ‘ If you look back at the input into areas like this by professionals in the last 30 years, it’s resulted in guns on the street. Professionals will work with you for a few years and then bugger off. When you are a tenants’ organisation and your underpants are on the washing line you can’t pretend to be something you aren’t.’ Julie Fawcett
    28. 35. 8 Responsiveness must be at the heart of government
    29. 37. ‘ I do not believe that government should stand in the way of innovation, or turn back the clock to an older era of regulation. But I do believe that government has a role to play in advancing our common prosperity…’ Barack Obama
    30. 38. 9 Distinctiveness is the future for place
    31. 40. ‘ Sheffield… is a city where men call each other “love” and women eat hot pork sandwiches…’
    32. 41. 10 The value of the built environment lies in its use
    33. 43. ‘ Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.’ Jane Jacobs
    34. 44. 11 Doing good must be at the heart of doing well
    35. 46. When the Stranger says: ‘What is the meaning of this city ? Do you huddle close together because you love each other?’ What will you answer? ‘We all dwell together To make money from each other’? or ‘This is a community’? T S Eliot, Choruses from the Rock
    36. 47. 12 The soul of the city is what drives regeneration
    37. 49. ‘ The soul of a city - the strength that makes it breathe, exist and progress - resides in each one of its citizens’ Jaime Lerner
    38. 50. > ≠  [the same road won’t lead us home]
    39. 51. Join the discussion www.regenfuture.org
    40. 52. More from me at: New Start magazine : www.newstartmag.co.uk Living with Rats : http:livingwithrats.blogspot.com Twitter : www.twitter.com/juliandobson Slideshare : www.slideshare.net/juliandobson