‘City Centre South’ is a contentious developer-led proposal which includes the replacement of what is described as Coventry’s ‘outdated urban fabric’. This project is a reaction, polemically comparing the destruction of this major part of the city to Second World War bombing – thus providing an alternative. It suggests movement as a tool for recoding the city by reactivating and giving places meaning through re-connecting existing patterns with new possibilities. The proposal is a social interactive machine rather than a conventional public building. Structural features are paired with civic amenities, such as university buildings and an abandoned sports centre, which it aims to activate and support. Its activity derives from its peculiarity and programming, bringing students into the park so it becomes a place of exchange with local people.
Movement as a tool for recoding the city.