Dr Steve Millington, a Director of the Institute of Place Management Special Interest Group for Place Making and a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Dr Steve Millington is a co-editor of Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy and Cosmopolitan Urbanism. His research focuses on ordinary and everyday place making, drawing on empirical work concerning the habitual and routine practices of football fans, household Christmas light displays and light festivals such as Blackpool Illuminations.
As a Director of the Institute of Place Management, Dr. Steve Millington is also working directly with towns and cities to help transform communities into sustainable and liveable places. He has recently completed an ESRC project, High Street UK 2020, involving 10 local centers across the UK, and is about to start a Technology Strategy Board project involving retailers, the property industry, local authorities, and trade associations, to enable these practitioners to make individual and collective decisions designed to optimize stakeholder performance and customer experience in retail centers.
TOPIC OF THE REPORT:
Learning from Blackpool: re-enchanting sterile streets
Contemporary urban streets are over-regulated, preoccupied with surveillance, commercial requirements and rapid transit, aesthetically homogeneous and sensually sterile. As an exemplary site of contrast, we focus on the recently redesigned Blackpool (UK) Promenade. First, it argues this redesign honours the resort’s popular traditions, its potent heritage and the importance of innovation. Second, it explores how the promenade fosters playful interactions, conviviality and lingering. Third, the article focuses on sensory attributes that enhance the experience of promenaders.