What’s Regeneration For?

The British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) annual conference is in Liverpool this year, on 30th and 31st January 2008. The conference, bringing together some 300 people, will see brisk debates between professionals and community leaders from across the U.K. One important focus may be the search for consensus on what regeneration is ‘about’.
BURA is an organisation moving forward with increasing momentum and confidence in both its own role and the direction and meaning of regeneration in Britain.
What is regeneration?
We, as members of the Board of BURA, are beginning to understand anew, or at least consciously to explore in a new way, what ‘regeneration’ means. The discussion will doubtless continue for a long time yet; but for me some clarity is emerging from many years in the business.
Regeneration is much more than ‘construction’, ‘development’ or even ‘capacity building’.
In the end, regeneration is about adding long-term shared value to all these activities.
A win-win
Regeneration’s a real win-win; it’s about creating a more equitable, more sustainable life-context for everyone.
The challenge is, how to do it.
The UK is often said to be at the forefront of regeneration. BURA’s annual conference discussions this week should prove interesting.

Posted on January 16, 2008, in British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA), Equality, Diversity And Inclusion, Liverpool And Merseyside, Regeneration, Renewal And Resilience, Sustainability As If People Mattered. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There were some really interesting debates at the conference. I found the debate about cultural regeneration really interesting. I do think that regeneration is about increasing the value of a community and thus in the end it is about economics. But only in as much as the fact that a nicer home is of higher value and we pay more to employ the well educated than the poorly educated. So money translates into value, which for me is a far more interesting topic.
    My only regret was the format which meant that sessions overlapped. The New Ideas sessions were very poorly attended. Does that say something for the people who attended the conference? Did they not want to hear new ideas?
    The moribund nature of regneration in this country is a cause for concern. Perhaps more new ideas would be good!
    Good luck to Liverpool in its year of culture – lets just hope that the idea works for them as it did for Glasgow.

  2. Isn’t regeneration simply about making poor communities more prosperous? does it need to be more complicated than that?

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