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architecture in accounts of London life. This ignores how the vast majority of London’s economic activity continues to involve local and national transactions, and how most people in London live and work in mundane and suburban locations.

The following two documentary films will be screened and discussed:

The London Nobody Knows (1967). Directed Norman Cohen. 53 mins.

Metro-land (1973), Directed Edward Mirzoeff, Written by John Betjeman. 60 mins.

Further Reading:

Amin, A. and Graham, S. 1997: The ordinary city. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 22 (4), 411-429. Gordon, I. 2002: Global cities, internationalisation and urban systems. In McCann, P. (ed.) Industrial location economics. Cheltenham: E.Elgar, 187-204. Saint, A. 1999: London Suburbs. London: Merrell. Sandhu, S. 2006: Night Haunts. London: Verso. Sinclair, I. 2002: London Orbital. London: Granta.


George and Weedon Grossmith, The Diary of a Nobody (1892) Michael Moorcock, Mother London (1988) Hanif Kureshi, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990)

Topic 11: Regenerating London: From Docklands to the Olympics

This session will investigate the key role for regeneration practice and policy in the remaking of London over the last thirty years. Two case-studies will be detailed: the attempt to regenerate the Isle of Dogs by the London Dockland Development Corporation (LDDC) during the 1980s and 1990s, and the more recent Thames Gateway project on the Eastern fringes of London.

Following this lecture, there will be a group-based exercise where students will present reasons for and against the regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley as part of the 2012 London Olympics.

Further Reading:

Brindley, T. 2000: Community roles in urban regeneration: new partnerships on London’s south bank. City 4 (3), 363-377. Brownill, S. 1990: Developing London’s Docklands: another greater planning disaster. London: Paul Chapman. Butler, T. and Rustin, M. (eds.) 1996: Rising in the East: The Regeneration of East London. Cohen, P. and Rustin, M. (eds.) 2008: London’s turning. The making of Thames Gateway. Ashgate. Eade, J. and Mele, C. 1998: Global processes and customised landscapes: the ‘eastern promise’ of New York and London. Rising East: The Journal of East London Studies 1, 52–73. Evans, G. and Foord, J. 2003: Shaping the cultural landscape: local regeneration effects. In Miles, M. and Hall, T. (eds.) Urban futures: critical commentaries on shaping the city. London: Routledge, 167-181.

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