SITES AND SIGHTS: THE URBAN MUSEUM IN A CHANGING URBAN STRUCTURE

in Urban Mindscapes of Europe
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The history of the modern European public museum is closely related to the history of the urban built environment and its symbolic meaning. Thus, it is not surprising that contemporary town planning has used the establishment of new museums as flagships for urban regeneration. While architectural and tourism interest as well as museological and geographical research has focused on the spectacular modern art museums such as the new Tate Galleries or the Guggenheim Museums (most recent, Giebelshausen 2003), a closer look at the developments in Liverpool and Berlin shows that the local museums with their immediate interest in the welfare of the local community can have a stronger and lasting impact on the real and mental cityscape. In these two very different European cities, the post-industrial condition and the impact of global developments make the museums important features in the building and negotiating of local identity.

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