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World Cities Culture Report 2015
The 2015 edition of the World Cities Culture Report is the most comprehensive report to date. Dedicated to the part culture will play in the life of world cities in years to come, the Forum now boasts a network of over 30 cities. Together they tackle the issues that will determine sustainable urban development: How can culture solve some of the biggest challenges of our urban environments? How do cities understand culture’s role in the way their citizens live, work and play? What will be the link between culture and urban citizenship?
Our major initiative, the World Cities Culture Report 2015 sets out the key issues facing World Cities today.
Issue III. Distinctiveness is Vital But at Risk
Growing cities are usually seen as successful cities. Economic growth and population growth are key signs that places are doing well. Yet growth brings its own problems.
Strain on infrastructure, social systems and environmental pressures, can harm a city’s long-term development. Social and cultural tensions can threaten the sense of belonging. In many places, the poor are priced out by rising property values and hurt by failing services and social systems. Our opinion leaders repeatedly stress the urgency of these challenges.
“We are concerned that the rising cost of living in London could make it difficult for creative people to find the living and working spaces that have given contemporary British culture its distinctive character and texture.”
– Nicholas Serota,Director, Tate (London)
Past discussions about cultural infrastructure focused on support for mainstream venues like concert halls and libraries. Today, policy makers are just as concerned that informal cultural scenes have room to thrive.
A lack of affordable workspace prevents cities from nurturing new, radical and provocative ideas. It creates an environment that stifles innovation. Cheap workspaces available in east London in the late 1990s were essential to the rise of ‘tech city’ and its start-ups. This means cities must make sure the space exists for cultural production on all scales, including informal places, such as bars and cafes, where people can meet, discuss, and plan their next projects. Affordable studio space is a priority for many cities, but the challenge of keeping housing cheap enough for artists and producers remains unsolved in many places.
We love Professor Sharon Zukin on the importance of distinctiveness, authenticity and policy when considering sustainable urban development.
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Is all Growth Good?
Our final reading list on a key theme of the World Cities Culture Report 2015
Nov 20, 2015
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Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal
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Investing in recovery, planning for transformation
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Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis
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By BOP Consulting
Co-Founder and Director
Paul is a leading international advisor and practitioner in cultural policy and creative economy. He is Co-Founder of BOP, and alongside his fellow directors he has pioneered now well-established methods to measure the impact of cultural policy.
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