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Creative Economies, Creative CitiesAlternative Politics in Urban Innovation

Creative Economies, Creative Cities: Alternative Politics in Urban Innovation Chapter 14 Panu Lehtovuori and Klaske Havik Alternative Approaches to Planning Creative Spaces: Amsterdam and Helsinki This chapter discusses the planning of “creative spaces” in terms of an alternative politics and presents case studies of Amsterdam and Helsinki. Specif ically, the approach to urban planning and urban politics in these cases is characterised by a strong presence of local actors embedded in local sub-cultural groups, willing to actively participate in the development of a new, site-specific cultural scene. Also, experiences from the squat culture have in these cases found their way to the planning authorities. The cases exemplify alternative approaches to urban planning policies such as temporary use, breeding places policy and urban curation. These are among the concepts that provide a cultural and social corrective to existing instrumental and more mainstream approaches. Site-specificity is a recurring theme in such alternative approaches. We discuss this interest in place as a starting point for the planning of crea- tive spaces, and argue that the emergence of new, place-based approaches is linked to a shifting locational logic of urban planning in contemporary society. This argument will be elaborated within the theoretical context of urban space, creativity and innovation. Urban Space, Creativity http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Creative Economies, Creative CitiesAlternative Politics in Urban Innovation

Part of the The GeoJournal Library Book Series (volume 98)
Editors: Kong, Lily; O'Connor, Justin

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Netherlands 2009
ISBN
978-1-4020-9948-9
Pages
207 –227
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9949-6_14
Publisher site
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Abstract

Chapter 14 Panu Lehtovuori and Klaske Havik Alternative Approaches to Planning Creative Spaces: Amsterdam and Helsinki This chapter discusses the planning of “creative spaces” in terms of an alternative politics and presents case studies of Amsterdam and Helsinki. Specif ically, the approach to urban planning and urban politics in these cases is characterised by a strong presence of local actors embedded in local sub-cultural groups, willing to actively participate in the development of a new, site-specific cultural scene. Also, experiences from the squat culture have in these cases found their way to the planning authorities. The cases exemplify alternative approaches to urban planning policies such as temporary use, breeding places policy and urban curation. These are among the concepts that provide a cultural and social corrective to existing instrumental and more mainstream approaches. Site-specificity is a recurring theme in such alternative approaches. We discuss this interest in place as a starting point for the planning of crea- tive spaces, and argue that the emergence of new, place-based approaches is linked to a shifting locational logic of urban planning in contemporary society. This argument will be elaborated within the theoretical context of urban space, creativity and innovation. Urban Space, Creativity

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: Urban Development; Innovation Activity; Urban Space; Industrial Building; Cultural Policy

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