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Materias : 6201 Arquitectura

Fecha de publicación : 1996

Fecha de depósito: 11-abr-2014

Tipo de documento: Artículo

En : Cartas urbanas. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria : Universidad, Departamento de Arte, Ciudad y Territorio, 1979- . ISSN 1136-1298. n.5, 1999, p. 22

Autor: Sudijc, Deyan



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Biblioteca universitaria, 2014 DACT Provided you ignore the boarded up shop windows and the bedraggled figures selling the Big Issue, the Britains ago.
There has been nothing like the s town centres lo ?ks much as it did twenty years ago. architecture of Britain invasion of shopping malls, multistorey car parks and crude new office buildings that wreaked so much havoc in the 1960s. 19605.
Conservation has stopped the tida l wave of demolition; facades at least are all but untou untouchable chable now. Appearances ser iously misleading.
The fact that nothing new is happening in the city centre is a Appea rances however are seriously carefully ll y preserved crust of stone sign not of stability, but that the action has moved elsewhere.
Behind the carefu brick, 19605 may have and bri ck, the town centre is threatened by the greatest challenge it has ever had to face.
The 1960s left it looking uglier, but at least it sti ll had a clear purpose. purpose.
The city then was still the centre of socia llife, l life, the place in which institutions naturally gathered, where w here ambitious corporations beli believed eved that they had to have their headquarters, even if they built them in Brutalist Bruta li st sty le.
They were places in wh which ich we all looked for the kind of public life that gives cities their specia speciall quality.
City centres were the places to find exotic food stores, specialist bookshops, and the chance meetings and random, unexpected soc ial accidents of urban life.
They social were characterised by the cafe, and the courthouse, as we ll as the cinema and the university. Th Thee city centre was also the place that could accomodate the awkward, not always very picturesque aspects of urban reality that suburbs find too uncomfortable to deal with with,, the homeless, the sex industry, the subcultures of the gay life, life, of immigrants and drug...

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