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A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present by Fredric Jameson

By Fredric Jameson

An enormous new interpretation of the strategies of modernism and modernity.The suggestions of modernity and modernism are among the main arguable and vigorously debated in modern philosophy and cultural idea. during this new intervention, Fredric Jameson—perhaps the main influential and persuasive theorist of postmodernity—excavates and explores those notions in a clean and illuminating demeanour. the extreme revival of discussions of modernity, in addition to of recent theories of inventive modernism, calls for recognition in its personal correct. it sort of feels transparent that the (provisional) disappearance of possible choices to capitalism performs its half within the common try to revive 'modernity' as a social perfect. but the paradoxes of the idea that illustrate its valid heritage and recommend a few ideas for warding off its misuse besides. during this significant new interpretation of the not easy, Jameson concludes that either innovations are tainted, yet still yield clues as to the character of the phenomena they alleged to theorize. His really appropriate and vigilant probing of either terms—which can most likely no longer be banished at this past due date—helps us make clear our current political and inventive occasions.

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Tower Hamlets is one of the poorest boroughs in London and has a history of dependence on subsidies. By 1990 it had 30% unemployment and one of the highest rates of homelessness and morbidity rates in Britain. (Widgery, 1991). The area has become synonymous with the manipulation of government neglect, the imposition of global capitalism and what Richard Rogers has called ‘a hymn to greed’. The London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), the sole landlord and planner of Docklands was an unelected creation of the Tory government for regenerating inner cities and had power to ignore procedures,‘red tape,’ planning and social issues.

It is the collage of these chronological indicators that marks the unique locality of Regenerating Public Life? 31 these spaces, making them visually distinguishable and identifiable with a particular place. In the regenerated buildings we can often appreciate features that have survived, almost untouched, to establish a link between past and present: an ageing wooden door, the plate on a convent or a Virgin figure which residents often refer to when geographically describing the place. The importance of these chronological markers is that they connect neighbourhood places with imaginary historical spaces.

Hence, the design is central to the regeneration strategy itself. These projects have been aided in recent years, as National Lottery funding has become available for the development of capital projects. This was particularly evident in the Millennium Commission’s desire to support developments seen as culturally significant. These have in turn become culturally significant because in many cases those involved in the design process have themselves been members of a design and architectural elite.

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