Every Cloud

15 Years ago today Manchester was granted a unique opportunity, a chance to completely redesign a whole swath of its city centre, every architect and town planners dream scenario.
What gave rise to this situation was more of a nightmare, as a 3,000lb bomb planted by the IRA caused chaos and destruction.  Fortunately no-one was injured, and most people are now agreed that this act or terrorism was the catalyst for the cities rejuvenation and reinvention into a truly modern and international city.

Note the original Post Box on the left, which withstood the blast

The bomb blast and the cities subsequent recovery has been covered extensively by artists, authors and photographers. Here are a couple of my favourites:

http://urbisarchive.org/exhibitions/every-cloud-ten-years-after-the-manchester-bomb/

http://www.rebuildingmanchester.co.uk/

http://www.manchester.com/features/bombboom/

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About shaungibbo

I live in Chorlton, South Manchester and work for an Environmental Support company called ENWORKS. Graduated from Sheffield University with BA(Hons) in Economics & Geography.
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One Response to Every Cloud

  1. Jon Kedwards says:

    I miss the old Shambles Square – yes it was concrete, yes it was built in the 60s, but it had quirky little record shops and was a kind of classless mix of Salford Uni students, ordinary Mancs, rambling drunks. I’m not sure its replacement with Harvey Nicks etc is really progress except for the few with money to splash around. Ditto the Corn Exchange – the bomb just gave an excuse for the property developers to wreck the building and wreck all the small businesses inside. The best bit of the redevelopment – Exchange Square – is now looking tatty, bits of the design have been compromised over time and it has that stupid fucking wheel plonked in the middle. And the only genuinely exciting new building in that area – Urbis – is being dumbed down to have a football museum inside…

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