Tower Renewal Blog

Gallery – Public Space & Commerce

For well over a decade, Europe’s extensive heritage of tower block communities have experienced extensive renewal and neighbourhood reinvestment. A key aspect of this has been to provide tower neighbourhoods with the diversity and activity of a vibrant neighbourhood found in the city centre. Two key strategies in this regard have been the introduction of commerce as well as public space into areas previously conceived of as primarily residential.

The following photo collection, taken in 2006, documents a series of tower blocks throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe, in various stages of renewal, achieved through both grass rootes initiative and large scale master planning.

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Addition Galleries include:

Aging Modern: By Graeme Stewart

The Tower in the Landscape: By Graeme Stewart

Landmarks and Monuments: By Jesse Colin Jackson

The Jetson’s Don’t Live Here Anymore: By Brendan Martin