Creative cities - an international perspective

Evans, Graeme (2017) Creative cities - an international perspective. In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies. Hannigan, John and Richards, Greg, eds. SAGE, London, pp. 311-329. ISBN 9781412912655, e-ISBN 9781473982604. [Book Section] (doi:10.4135/9781412912655.n20)


This contribution to the Urban Studies field discusses the evolution of the Creative City concept and the factors underlying its classification and ranking through indices and international policy regimes. This reveals a convergence of the creative city as a meta-brand within which these various creativity factors and conditions serve as a basket of sub-brands. These concepts are then presented through an international survey of creative city and related policies; the strategies adopted by cities and regions; and how these are rationalised and identified with particular cultural sectors and practices - and at different spatial scales. This analysis in particular distinguishes between large and smaller cities and their respective interpretation of the creative city, in a field dominated by metropolitan ‘creative capitals’. The discussion situates the creative city concept alongside other city associations and the economic recession that has tempered the ‘growth through creativity’ approach to urban economic development.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Fashion and Interiors
A. > School of Art and Design > Fashion and Interiors > Design and Urban Cultures cluster
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Socially Engaged Practices cluster
Item ID: 14054
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Depositing User: Graeme Evans
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 10:29
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 12:10

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