's youthful trainee goldsmiths. Looking outwards, company halls were also embedded in the broader urban topography of commerce and ceremony. Highly ritualised searches of artisanal workshops and retail sites, undertaken by senior guild members, began and ended at the associated guild building, and the livery halls of the most eminent mercantile guilds, such as the Mercers’ Company, were incorporated into civic and royal processional routes. The rebuilding of Goldsmiths’ Company Hall in the mid-1630s – an undertaking which we encountered in the previous
6 Rebuilding the nation: The Festival of Britain and the formation of the Institute of Public Relations ‘There are two ways of starting a new enterprise’, Tallents argued. ‘You can either work out careful plans on paper then order them to be carried out; or you can pick the best men that you can find for your purpose and put them to grips with a still disorderly material.’1 As Tallents’s stilted work at the Ministry of Town and Country Planning was to attest, the postwar world did not well reward those who had their feet placed in the latter camp. The vogue for
MUP FINAL PROOF – <STAGE>, 07/29/2013, SPi 4 Rebuilding the North Country: Poulson and Smith A luncheon or a drink or two, a little savoir faire I fix the Planning Officer, Town Clerk and the Mayor And if some preservationist attempts to interfere A dangerous structure notice from the Borough Engineer Will settle any buildings standing in our way – The modern style, sir, with respect, has really come to stay. John Betjeman, ‘The executive’ (1958)1 In 1972, John Poulson, a successful north of England architect, filed for bankruptcy. Consequently, he was charged
within feminist politics that would not be easy to rebuild ( Menon, 2017b ). It is to this sense of disquiet and perhaps hyperbole that I seek to respond. I locate this chapter around the idea of internet time and its capacities to reshape the trajectory of feminist debates. Given that the digital is here to stay, and that the digital has also given us exciting ways of engaging with feminism and with each other, how can we reflect on hostile and acrimonious debates between feminists which have taken place in these very
The concluding chapter returns to Glissant’s reflections about language to think about how multilingualism can be configured as a provisional politics of liberation from racialised power and domination. It examines the humorous and resilient aspects of multilingual edginess that took place throughout the research as a way to think what that politics looks like on the ground. It argues that, both in its everyday manifestations and as part of organised social movements, edginess is the entrenched, counterpoetical and multilingual response to racism as a scavenger ideology that might rise and then be beaten back, only to reappear in another location, and at another moment, as its persistent shadow.
Reconstructing modernity assesses the character of approaches to rebuilding British cities during the decades after the Second World War. It explores the strategies of spatial governance that sought to restructure society and looks at the cast of characters who shaped these processes. It challenges traditional views of urban modernism as moderate and humanist, shedding new light on the importance of the immediate post-war for the trajectory of urban renewal in the twentieth century. The book shows how local corporations and town planners in Manchester and Hull attempted to create order and functionality through the remaking of their decrepit Victorian cities. It looks at the motivations of national and local governments in the post-war rebuilding process and explores why and how they attempted the schemes they did. What emerges is a picture of local corporations, planners and city engineers as radical reshapers of the urban environment, not through the production of grand examples of architectural modernism, but in mundane attempts to zone cities, produce greener housing estates, control advertising or regulate air quality. Their ambition to control and shape the space of their cities was an attempt to produce urban environments that might be both more orderly and functional, but also held the potential to shape society.
The article presents a previously unpublished long version of an Anglo-Latin poem on Henry IV’s executions of Archbishop Richard Scrope and others at York in 1405. It is argued that the poem was not part of the well-known hagiography of Scrope that grew quickly up for funding rebuilding programmes at York Minster, also exemplified in the paper; rather, it is a poetic contribution to the contemporary secular historiography of the York Rebellion against the Lancastrian regime, implicating the archbishop in active leadership of it.
house – a home – is destroyed by storm, flood or earthquake, it is not just the bricks and mortar that are swept away. The family loses everything in the long list of attributes that make up a home: from protection from the elements, to their livelihoods, to their sense of dignity and place. The importance of ‘place attachment’ is well understood viscerally (we all know what it means to be homesick) and some academic work analyses the impact of losing one’s home in the event of a disaster ( Kamani-Fard et al. , 2013 ). Rebuilding a family’s home provides much more
resources is often a burden for the poor, considering that they are not able to gain access to credit and savings, thus contributing further to their inability to rebuild after a calamity. Le Dé et al. ’s (2015) research in Samoa after Cyclone Evan in 2012 found that households that did not have access to remittances or a guarantor overseas were unable to access large loans from the bank for the purposes of rebuilding their houses. Excluded from formal sources of lending, the poor rely heavily on informal financial services such as predatory money lenders and