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What is Urban Regeneration?

Urban Regeneration can be a contested, and sometimes controversial, term. Among the latest terminology in the long history of urban development, it’s important to be on the same page about what urban regeneration is and isn’t.


It is characterised by significant non-physical interventions and brokerage to maximise the social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes and requires new policy and planning frameworks. Most importantly, citizens also need to be empowered as part of the process. Crucially, this is where urban regeneration differs from urban intensification or urban renewal. It is important to understand and recognise the differences between these approaches and the outcomes they deliver on the ground.