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Dave Haslam to host regen debate

Leese, Simpson and others to discuss the city’s future

Published on February 2nd 2011.


Dave Haslam to host regen debate

A debate on Manchester’s regeneration is being held in the city in March, chaired by DJ and writer Dave Haslam.

The debate takes place on March 2nd at MMU’s Manchester Lecture Theatre in the All Saints Building, hosted by the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and is open to all.

The blurb given to Confidential to plug the event says: ‘For two decades we’ve witnessed Manchester's regeneration, a changing city centre landscape, large-scale investment in property and retail, a higher profile for the city as a tourist destination and a business hub, and as a capital of music and sport.

‘We’re asking what have we achieved so far, and perhaps even more importantly; what’s the way forward? The effects recession and the policies of the Coalition government are undeniably a challenge in the future. Do we need new and improved regeneration strategies? What might they be?’

The event will feature a panel of speakers that includes Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.; Fiona Gasper MBE, formerly executive producer of Liverpool's 2008 European Capital of Culture programme, and now executive director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester; architect Ian Simpson; Owen Hatherley, author of ‘A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain’, and Professor Tom Jefferies, MMU’s head of architecture.

The event starts at 6.15pm and will end at approximately 7.45pm. Tickets are now on sale for £5 (£3 concessions) at www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

SmudgeFebruary 1st 2011.

I wish this man would join us in 2011

For half a second then I thought he was actually talking about something current, then I read 'For two decades we´ve witnessed Manchester's regeneration, a changing city centre landscape'

Which basically means it'll be Haslam talking about the 80's and 90's always. I'm half tempted to fund the building of the deloreon to send him back there

AgricolaFebruary 1st 2011.

Childish Smudge. This is a proper debate with good guests including the fascinating Mr Hatherly. Of course a debate such as this will have to look where we've come from to see where we're at. I'll be there and maybe you should come along with me. If the Hacienda is mentioned once though I'll join you in an attack on the podium.

Christopher BryanFebruary 1st 2011.

Sounds like Smudge needs to move on. Haslam has written a couple of (excellent) books and continued to develop his DJ work. To colour him simply as a revisionist is lazy.

It sounds to me like the debate is about continuing to improve the city i the context of the agenda of the new Tory government. Manchester's regeneration fit with the New Labour ideals but that's all dead in the water...

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2011.

Pity Smudge didn't let go of his preconceptions and read on one paragraph to this; "‘We´re asking what have we achieved so far, and perhaps even more importantly; what´s the way forward?...Do we need new and improved regeneration strategies? What might they be?" Doesn't sound like it'll be backward-looking at all. Sounds very current and a good line-up of big-hitters.

MarieFebruary 2nd 2011.

I'm sure Mr Hatherley will have some interesting things to say about the regeneration of Manchester under Labour, and some good debate with Leese. Can't wait for this.

400timesandthelastrecordFebruary 14th 2011.

Didn't Dave invent Manchester anyway?

Ali McGowanFebruary 15th 2011.

Tips for the future: tell our planning department never to approve such poor-quality apartment blocks as can be seen strewn (some not even finished) across our fair city. I appreciate not every building can be world-class architecture, but we could at least try. There are too many ugly, poorly-built apartment blocks. The fightback at Jackson's Wharf is the sort of thing our Council should be doing for us. It should also be encouraging apartments with more bedrooms to encourage families to move into (and stay in) the centre. Too many transient people mean that proper communities never really form... Sort your shit out, Manchester :)

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