Glasgow's Italian Centres: narrative, identity, regeneration

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This essay is the first interdisciplinary account of literary and non-fictional responses to the Italian Centre – a mixed-use development in Glasgow City Centre - since its inception and completion in the 1980s and 1990s. The essay argues that this early and important example of Glasgow City Council’s regeneration of the Merchant City district became a contested terrain for historic and emerging ideas about civic and national identity, cosmopolitanism and social inclusion. By examining a range of little-studied narratives – novels, architectural reviews, city marketing, interviews with the architect, visual narratives and autobiographies - I consider how these narratives promote or critique the ‘culture-led regeneration’ that the Centre embodied.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Research Companion on Architecture, Literature and the City
EditorsJonathan Charley
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781315613154
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2018


  • Glasgow
  • architecture
  • design
  • The Italian Centre
  • urban regeneration
  • Merchant City


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