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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

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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