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    Spectacular infrastructure: the mediatic space of Montreal’s ‘Quartier des spectacles’

    McKim, Joel (2012) Spectacular infrastructure: the mediatic space of Montreal’s ‘Quartier des spectacles’. Public 23 (45), pp. 128-138. ISSN 0845-4450.

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    Montréal’s ‘Quartier des spectacles’ development plan represents a substantial investment in the city’s creative economy and built infrastructure. A striking element of this urban initiative is the manner in which the architectural structures and public spaces of the area are themselves in the process of becoming spectacular through the incorporation of numerous media technologies. Traditional dividing lines between public art, urban design and site branding are significantly blurred in the mediatic space of downtown Montréal. This article will discuss a number of public art installations that have already taken form within the Quartier des spectacles and consider how these projects coincide with or challenge existing interpretative models of aesthetics, economy and public space.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): architecture, media, urban planning, cultural economy, public art
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed), Architecture, Space and Society, Centre for, Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2013 12:28
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:32


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