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Clare Hartwell

some of the Manchester Cathedral glass there. The bombing of Manchester in 1940 badly damaged the east end of the cathedral, including part of the north-east Regimental Chapel. Here the east window commemorates the Blitz and the architect responsible for post-war rebuilding, Sir Hubert Worthington. Known as the Fire Window, it is the work of Margaret Traherne and was made in 1966. In red, vermilion and orange, the window illustrates this artist’s interest in colour through use of textured and streaked glass of relatively large, mainly rectilinear panels, in which the

in Manchester
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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.

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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Trevor Barnes

work on a nuclear-war atlas that warned against the ultimate catastrophe, atomic Armageddon, the end of human life as we know it. Bill Bunge, spatial science and map transformations Bunge’s first exposure to formal geographical talk was in 1951. Conscripted for the Korean War, serving in the American Fifth Army, deployed at the Chemical, Biological and Radiological Wartime School at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, Bunge (1988 , xi) taught there what he later called ‘atomic war’. It was also while he was enlisted in the US military that he enrolled in his first class in

in The power of pragmatism
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Becky Alexis-Martin

scramble for the bomb, and the world became a more dangerous place. As the Cold War crept into being, nuclear weapon tests flung carbon-14 and other isotopes into the global atmosphere, and trees locked away some of these radiation residues with each growing 264 Nature season. The charred stumps within Hiroshima’s blast zone began to thrust out fresh buds. Six ginkgoes recovered. While the blast had destroyed their foliage, their underground root networks endured. These trees became known as hibakujumoku – the A-bomb survivor tree – and Hiroshima regrew and recovered

in Manchester
The invisibility of border-related trauma narratives in the Finnish–Russian borderlands
Tuulikki Kurki

value of literary works. The emphatic documentary style tended to diminish or even hide the authors’ attempt to address traumatic experiences. In the reception of these works, the emotional features of the narratives, often referring to underlying traumatic events, appeared as elements that reduced the credibility of the narrative. Furthermore, until the end of the Cold War, the reception of such works tended to diminish the trauma narratives of border-crossers. The border-crossers were seen as ‘heroic survivors’, and there was no space for a discussion about their

in Border images, border narratives
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Steve Hanson

‘nuclear-free city’ sign was an alibi. These alibis begin with John Cockroft’s naive belief that nuclear energy would end all wars and bring world peace. Here was a man who lived only in the theoretical realm. Here was a man who popped into the University of Manchester to pick up some papers, then forgot all about his car and his wife waiting in it, before getting the train home. This is how the world really was changed here in Manchester – by anonymous-looking, distracted men. Scientists, industrialists, economists and capitalists, and they brought the whole world to

in Manchester
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Jonathan Silver

Moshe Friedman, a major figure in Central Eastern European Jewry. By the time the Second World War broke out, many of the 6,000 Jews in the town faced an uncertain future. The leader, Rabbi Nochum, managed to flee before the German army arrived, but many of the dynasty’s followers did not. From 1941, the Nazis had turned a part of the town into a ghetto and Jews were murdered in mass shootings or sent to labour camps. This genocide continued into August 1942, when the ghetto was surrounded and 300 Jews were shot on the streets in an orgy of murder. Another 3,000 were

in Manchester
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Qaisra Shahraz

World War. Where is their sense of belonging? 83  (Opposite) Shops and restaurants on Stockport Road, Longsight 327 Manchester: Something rich and strange ‘Escape’ traces the life of an immigrant called Samir, who arrived in the UK over fifty years ago – typically it was the men (like Samir) who arrived first, often staying with friends when they got here. I still marvel at how it must have been for my father’s generation of immigrants. They would have arrived in a new place, knowing very few people or the language, and often ended up living in wretched conditions

in Manchester