Memory and Reinvention in the Post-industrial Periphery: Section of the Communities & Change Exhibition

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The section showcased a selection of proposals for post-industrial sites along the River Tyne by final year architecture students (BA3) of Northumbria University. The work was developed from February to May 2023 within a studio-based design inquiry, the premise of which was the reinstatement of the Tyne Passenger Ferry and subsequent reinvention of riverfront sites in Hebburn, Wallsend and North Shields. These locations were once home to community-defining industries including coalmining and shipbuilding, but through processes of de-industrialisation have become some of the least diverse and most disadvantaged communities in the UK. These large industrial sites, now abandoned and boarded-up, serve as barriers preventing communities from accessing the banks of the Tyne on which their industrial past depended. Understanding these sites as hybrid environments where different memories, identities, ecologies and histories overlap and conflict, the proposals explore how collective memory and sense-of-place might be retained in the reinvention of these sites.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 3 Jul 2023
EventCommunities & Change Conference: 7th Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association (MSA) - Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20237 Jul 2023
Conference number: 7

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