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Creating cities: Culture, space and sustainability. The 1st City, Culture and Society conference

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Creating cities: Culture, space and sustainability. The 1st City, Culture and Society conference


ville créative, creative city, culture urbaine, développement urbain, développement durable, ville viable, économie, politique urbaine, mobilité, cadre bâti, built environment, réseaux, croissance urbaine, Schulz Evelyn, Okano Hirosho


Extract from the Introduction by Evelyn Schulz and Hiroshi Okano:
The papers gathered here are the outcome of Creating Cities; Culture, Space and Sustainability: The 1st City, Culture and Society (CCS) Conference which took place in Munich, Germany, February 25-27, 2012, and was organized by Evelyn Schulz ( Japan Center, LMU Munich) in cooperation with Eveline Dürr (Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, LMU Munich), Irene Goetz (Institute for European Ethnology, LMU Munich), Franz Waldenberger ( Japan Center, LMU Munich), Gordon Winder (Seminar of Economic History, LMU Munich), and the Urban Research Plaza of Osaka City University.

The term creativity seems to bridge a conceptual gap that is the result of challenges posed by today’s demand for sustainable urban development strategies. Accordingly, the point of the conference was not so much to examine individual urban creative industries projects. Considering the many different urban development issues, such as shrinking resources, (in)stability, and rampant urban growth, the conference, rather, attempted to shed light on the heterogeneous forces at work and tried to forecast possible future developments. The conference approached the multifaceted and rather controversial creative city debate from various points of view.

The conference’s goal was to analyze the economic, social, political, and cultural requirements for urban development as well as the global dimension of such processes. The conference focused on the following questions: As far as urban development is concerned, how do growth, on one hand, and the necessity for social and ecological Sustain- ability, on the other hand, interact? How does a created environment affect social space? How should a city be in order to promote creativity? When it comes right down to it, what actually is creativity? Which impact does cultural diversity have on the creative output? How do cities approach social and cultural diversity? How do their strategies influence creative activity? Do these kinds of strategies mean a risk too or are they rather the engine behind an economically and socially sustainable urban development? How far can political forces really create a creative city, an urban environment that encourages innovation and economic growth? These and similar questions were discussed by means of a wide range of case studies from all over the world and pertaining to a diverse range of fields of study.
Evelyn Schlulz and Hiroshi Okano - Introduction
  I. Creative diversity, socioscapes, and cultural politics Eveline Dürr - Spaces of poverty, spaces of prosperity: Incomplete tourist encounters in Mexico Mari Kobayashi - Creating creative cities?: Cultural administration and local authorities in Japan Ana Rosas Mantecón - Projects of creativity and inclusion: The challenges of cultural development in Mexico City Evelyn Schulz - Revitalizing Tokyo's back alleys as areas of cultural sustainability and a decelerated lifestyle Lidewij Tummers - Creativity starts here: Rotterdam (NL): Creative citizens meet creative city policies   II. Networks, mobility and built environment Sonja Beeck - From growth to quality: Less is future Roger Keil - Mobility in the in-between city: Getting stuck between the local and the global Glen Norcliffe - Neoliberal hypermobility and the tricycle Paul Waley - Finding a place for Japanese and Chinese cities within an East Asian regional urbanism Gordon M. Winder - Mediating a global network in crisis: The New York Times maps the moral geography of global finance  




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