Around the world, cities are shrinking. Neither the crisis of many cities in the UK in recent decades nor the dramatic development in Eastern Germany since 1989, which has led to more than a million empty apartments, has proven to be an exception, but a general pattern of our civilization
Manchester and Liverpool have lost about half of their populations since the 1930s: at the nadir of this development in the 1980s, large parts of the inner cities were empty. Massive urban renewal in the years since has seen major changes take place although not all areas have shared this success. Shrunken cities spur a reconsideration not only of traditional ideas of the European city, but also of the future development of urban worlds.
Shrinking Cities runs from 17 November - 26 January and is on display at CUBE, the RENEW Rooms and Site. See www.shrinkingcities.com for more information about the project.
There is also a special programme of events taking place at all three venues throughout the duration of the exhibition. Details are available from each venue with further information to be sent out shortly.
Shrinking Cities: International Research
CUBE, 113 - 115 Portland St, Manchester
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 12 - 5.30pm
Shrinking Cities: Polarisation
RENEW Rooms, The Tea Factory, 82 Wood St, Liverpool
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Shrinking Cities: Interventions
Site Art Gallery, Albert Dock, Britannia Pavilion, Liverpool
Opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm