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Leodis Rationalised Global Connection

Part 2 Project 2011
William Inglis
Leeds Beckett University Leeds UK
Policy shapes Place.

Globalisation is continuing apace: local communities in the firing line, like Hunslet, Leeds are being carved up, as the twin pressures of global trade and neo-liberal policies meet entrenched heritage-led conservatism.

The font-line in the defence is planning policy. Under immense pressure from both sides, the City Council is creating go and no-go areas, where giant distribution sheds nestle uncomfortably next to tiny Victorian terraces. The land is being laid waste by demarcation lines and buffer-zones.

How do we reconcile the incommensurate forces of the local and the global?

The combination of spatial dispersal and global integration has created a new strategic role for major cities. Beyond their long history as centres for international trade and banking, these cities now function as highly concentrated command points in the organization of the world economy. Successful global cities accommodate all aspects of economy. Yet somehow they have to accommodate the pride of place its residents share with its identity, community values and heritage.This study looks at how policy shapes place; and how through new frameworks, development conflicts can become opportunities for growth and how methods of closing resource and energy cycles can create sustainable communities.

This new city is a city of obligation, where the three constituents of the global-local city (global trade, mass retail and localism) sit happily, each one benefitting from the proximity of the other, socially, economically and sustainably.

It’s Leodis heritage, in a rationalised Global Connection.

William Inglis


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