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The Work That Place Does: The London Landed Estates and a Curatorial Approach to Estate Management

Canelas, P; Raco, M; (2022) The Work That Place Does: The London Landed Estates and a Curatorial Approach to Estate Management. European Urban and Regional Studies (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Writings on urban development and planning in Europe have been dominated by a combination of technical studies of the real estate sector and more structural political economy approaches on land expropriation and financialisation. In this paper we draw on the example of the London Landed Estates, to critically assess how land-owning real estate companies, that we call cityowners, perform their roles and what models and knowledge sources they draw upon in managing and carefully curating urban spaces and places. Data sources include interviews with Estate Managers, others involved in, or affected by their management, and other corporate public information. Our theoretical framing draws on performativity theory that we see as a valuable addition to existing research approaches. We describe and analyse the ways these agencies construct narratives and practices of socially responsible and historically established forms of performance, that they label ‘place-stewardship’, and the specific mechanisms they use to bring places into existence. Collectively, the discussion calls for an increased focus on how models abstracted from local context and politics can be ‘localised’, in the study of the governance of the built environment. Greater attention also needs to be paid to the work that place does in influencing the strategies, tactics, and activities of property owners.

Type: Article
Title: The Work That Place Does: The London Landed Estates and a Curatorial Approach to Estate Management
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/eur
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121552
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