Urban development and visual culture: Commodifying the gaze in the regeneration of Tigné Point, Malta

Speake, Janet (2016) Urban development and visual culture: Commodifying the gaze in the regeneration of Tigné Point, Malta. Urban Studies. pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

This paper explores some of the hitherto under-researched intersections between urban (re)development, urban planning and visual culture. What emerges is an academic context that, to date, has largely compartmentalised discrete literatures on ‘view’, ‘value of the view’ and cityscape change, (re)Imagineering and (re)scripting). It shows how materialising processes associated with the commodification of a panoramic view in politico-economic and cultural terms can be used to transform and regenerate along neoliberal lines. It demonstrates how panoramas, when treated as a commodity within the context of neoliberal capitalism, are appropriated, (re)imagined and (re)scripted by architects and property developers to create high status, residential and commercial space for an affluent élite. As such, panoramas are a mechanism for the acceleration of capital accumulation that inherently create new and reinforce existing spatial inequalities. This study draws on research into the commodification of the view of the historic city of Valletta in the redevelopment of Tigné Point, the largest, most comprehensive regeneration scheme in Malta in recent years.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Urban Studies.
Keywords: commodification of the view, financialisation, gaze, Malta, panoramic view, Tigné Point, urban regeneration, urban scripting
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Geography and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Janet Speake
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 14:57
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1617

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