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To celebrate Coventry City of Culture 2021, the RTPI West Midlands International Group is producing a year-long series on 'Rebuilding out of conflict'.

In our first episode we take a look at Coventry, and ask how can we rebuild our cities after conflict while remaining sensitive to their past, and what role does planning play in this?


Coventry - references

Adams, D. and Larkham, P.J. (2019) The Everyday Experiences of Reconstruction and Regeneration: From Vision to Reality in Birmingham and Coventry Routledge, Abingdon

Larkham, P.J. and Fischer, K. (2018) ‘Coventry: a model of modernist reconstruction’, in Fischer, K.F. and Altrock, U. (eds) Windows upon planning history Routledge, Abingdon

Larkham, P.J. (2014) ‘Exhibiting planning in wartime Britain’, in Freestone, R. and Amati, M. (eds) Exhibitions and the development of modern planning culture Ashgate, Farnham (uses example of Coventry exhibition)

Gould, J. and Gould, C. (2016) Coventry: the making of a modern city 1939-73 Historic England, Swindon

Hubbard, P., Faire, L. and Lilley, K. (2002) `Remembering post-war reconstruction: modernism and city planning in Coventry, 1940-1962', Planning History vol. 24 no. 1 pp. 7-20.

Hasegawa, J. (1992) Replanning the blitzed city centre, Open University Press, Buckingham. Coventry is one of 3 cities studied.

Related local examples

Larkham, P.J. (2016) ‘Replanning post-war Birmingham: process, product and longevity’, Architectura vol. 46 pp. 2-26

Larkham, P.J. (2013) ‘Visions for a new Birmingham’, in Larkham, P.J. (ed.) Bournville Village Trust When we build again Routledge, Abingdon

Adams, D. and Larkham, P.J. (2013) ‘Bold planning, mixed experiences: the diverse fortunes of post-war Birmingham’ in Clapson, M. and Larkham, P.J. (eds) The Blitz and its legacy: wartime destruction to post-war reconstruction Ashgate, Farnham

Larkham, P.J. (2006) ‘People, planning and place: the roles of client and consultants in reconstructing post-war Bilston and Dudley’, Town Planning Review vol. 77 no. 5 pp. 557-582

Larkham, P.J. (2004) ‘Professor Sir Patrick Abercrombie and the replanning of Warwick, 1945-1949’, Midland History vol. 29 pp. 124-138

Larkham, P.J. (2002) ‘Reconstructing the industrial town: wartime Wolverhampton’, Urban History vol. 29 no. 3 pp. 388-409