Impact of migration on architecture and urban landscape: The case of Leicester

Beniamino Polimeni, Theophilus Shittu

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In the last five decades, Leicester has been a destination for communities of migrants coming from different parts of the world, becoming one of the most significant examples of a plural city in Europe. The current multicultural nature of the town is one of the elements that have gradually contributed to redefining its urban landscape, enriching the lexicon of shapes, forms and signs of a built environment traditionally associated with its industries and manufacturing plants. Two main events have been crucial for the development of this process: the first one was the arrival, in the'50s of the Caribbean population from Antigua and Jamaica. The second was the migratory phenomenon of the late 1960s and early 70s, which involved Asian families fleeing from Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. In the following years, diversity and openness progressively became a distinctive sign of the city image, often defined as one of the capitals of Asia in Britain by local stakeholders. Through historical and contemporary visual materials, this paper investigates and documents the impact of cultural diversity on the urban landscape of Leicester. In particular, the investigation aims at revealing some of the most exemplary case studies present in the city, describing the contributions made to the architectural and urban features by those who have made Leicester their hometown.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-1-24.15
Number of pages25
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2020


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