Installation - Group 6
The purpose of our installation was to explore local and global trends within the city of Bradford. Data was collected from various sources and represented in our model to display relationships normally invisible in the urban fabric.
The global recession, which began in 2007, can clearly be seen within the political economics of the Council’s annual budget and the house prices within each area. The local case study of Leeds Road, however, has no recognisable reaction to the global market. This highlights the separation of the trends when it comes to the social setup of the areas. Leeds Road has a vibrant mixture of different ethnicities from around the world, but their economy works at a more local scale. As a result one can begin to expose the higher level of stability within the more localised area.
Another key characteristic is the separation of trends when global elements are seen within a local context. Global economics do not directly relate to the global society and global politics are torn between the two. Their only real correlation is their simultaneous existence within the local context. Leeds Road has a global society embedded within it and behaves rather stably. The city centre on the other hand has a global economy embedded, and the current demise of the Westfield site is one example of the aggressive fluctuations it has.
Bradford’s future has to behave at both a local and global scale within the modern day context. Its current approach has occurred out of necessity but without much structure. The instability of the more globally funded city centre offers one possible route, but the local community of Leeds Road portrays an alternative, relatively sustainable model. Neither route can be considered more successful as neither addresses the tension created through the shift to a more global city. Society, politics, and economy must work together within the local context if they are ever to fully function effectively, rather than their current state of independent entities neighbouring one another.