The Valedictory Landscape

  • Jim Brogden


This final chapter situates non-place as a landscape of farewell. Brogden proposes a new critical conception of non-place, liberated from conventional signposted urban landscapes. Non-places are invaluable in their overlooked contribution to biodiversity, and the ongoing search for an ‘authentic’ sense of place. Brogden offers a much-needed reflection on the post-2008 ‘credit-crunch’ urban landscape in the UK and America. The chapter also draws attention to the redemptive possibilities of non-places for the individual and wider society. In re-visioning an urban future Brogden draws on Foucault’s ‘Heterotopia’, a critical antidote to the homogenization associated with regeneration and gentrification. This urban spatial conflict is discussed in relation to the New York High-Line project. ‘The Valedictory Landscape’ concludes with an analysis of forgetting and amnesia, as well as comparing the temporal relationship of ‘communicative’ and ‘cultural’ memory with non-place as an un-reified urban landscape, resistant to the reification effect of photographic representation?


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  • Jim Brogden
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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