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Chapter 20: Creative Cities – An International Perspective

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Creative Cities – An International Perspective
Creative Cities An International Perspective
Graeme Evans
INTRODUCTION

The creative city concept, and branding through external and self-designation, has joined the panoply of city ‘types’ – industrial city; historic, heritage and culture city; innovative, knowledge and science city; intelligent, eco and smart city, etc. (Hutchison, 2010) – since its popular promotion and adoption through city and international agency policy efforts (Evans, 2009; Landry and Bianchini, 1995). The creative city imaginary is therefore an evolutionary concept, reflecting post-industrial and cultural ‘turns', resulting in a hybrid of assemblages and definitions; assemblage in terms of both socio-spatial theory, notably in geography (Anderson et al., 2012), and in the visual art practice of creative construction through ‘found objects', where the creative city is seen to ...

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