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This paper examines how (post)industrial spaces become labelled as ‘disused’, ‘wastelands’, or ‘brownfields’ in processes of urban redevelopment. Taking a broad overview of different examples across sites in Edinburgh and London (UK) I ask how understandings of waste and value are produced and contested through industrial processes themselves (the production of by-products, contamination etc.), mitigation measures (including environmental cleanup and archaeological interventions) and at a socio-cultural level (natural and cultural heritage preservation campaigns, and legislation for example). I aim to problematise the strict differentiation between which industrial landscapes can be considered ‘waste’ and which are seen as valuable heritage sites. In particular I will discuss the material and discursive transformations of several London and Edinburgh dockside sites from places of heavy industry, transport and labour into spaces of consumption, luxury accommodation and leisure.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 9 Jan 2021|
|Event||Society for Historical Archaeology Conference: Session: 'Archaeology of Urban Dissonance: Violence, Friction, and Change - Online|
Duration: 9 Jan 2021 → …
|Conference||Society for Historical Archaeology Conference|
|Period||9/01/21 → …|
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Gardner, J., 16 May 2022, London: UCL Press. 288 p.
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Gardner, J., 12 Jul 2018, In: World Archaeology. 50, 1, p. 185-199 15 p.
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