Thanks Ben for your post on Liverpool’s The Baltic Triangle. Until now, I was actually unaware of this development, but it doesn’t surprise me at all seeing as Liverpool has had several impressive urban developments in the past few years. The redevelopment of former industrial quarters in cities in the UK, Europe and North America are of great significance. It is significant in the fact that we have a lot of residual land left from industrial development, and therefore finding a contemporary use for this land is important.
There is a lot of focus on the establishment of arts and culture communities, cultural regeneration, festivalisation, public art and so on, which seems to be one of the main drivers in contemporary urban regeneration of former industrial quarters. It seems like art and culture-driven regeneration is one of the best ways of helping create a sense of place and identity for a new destination.
I would like to draw attention to something else going on in Liverpool, but on a much smaller scale! Granby Winter Garden was created by architecture firm Assemble and aimed to create a “secret indoor garden”, hidden within two converted Victorian terraced houses. The houses were derelict and without roofs and the new Granby Winter Garden contains a communal seasonal garden, events space and artists residence, intended to ‘nurture creative practice in the area’ (Dezeen, 2019).
You can see the post here at https://www.dezeen.com/2019/04/26/assemble-granby-winter-garden-architecture-liverpool/?s=&hPP=40&idx=vetg_livesearchable_posts&p=0&is_v=1
Photo Credit: Dezeen, 2019