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Museums for urban regeneration? Exploring conditions for their effectiveness

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The traditional mission of a museum is essentially cultural. This is not so for all museums, however. There are a minority, although universally famous museums, such as the Tate Liverpool, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Tate Modern London or the new forthcoming Louvre-Lens (France), Pompidou-Metz (France), Guggenheim Hermitage (Lithuania) and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), whose principal aim is the reactivation (and/or diversification) of the economy of their cities. These strategies are expensive and have a very high operative risk. The aim of this paper is to shed light on the different factors and conditions that determine the degree of success or failure of global art museums used as urban economic reactivators.
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Keywords: Museums; economic reactivators; effective regeneration; urban regeneration

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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  • Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal is the essential peer-reviewed journal for all professionals concerned with physical, economic and social regeneration of urban communities. It publishes in-depth articles and real world case studies on the latest strategy, policy making and current and best practice in the field. Guided by its expert Editor and Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue does not publish advertising but rather in-depth articles written by and for urban regeneration professionals analysing current and best practice in the planning, consultation, funding, delivery and long-term management of regeneration programmes, as well as the latest policy making, developments and research in the field.

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