Creative cities - an international perspective

Book chapter

Evans, G. 2017. Creative cities - an international perspective. in: Hannigan, J. and Richards, G. (ed.) The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies London Sage. pp. 311-329
Chapter titleCreative cities - an international perspective
AuthorsEvans, G.

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.

Research GroupFashion and Interiors
Design and Urban Cultures cluster
Socially Engaged Practices cluster
Page range311-329
Book titleThe SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies
EditorsHannigan, J. and Richards, G.
Place of publicationLondon
Publication dates
Print31 May 2017
Online08 Mar 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Jan 2015
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
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