Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development
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Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development

Rethinking Innovative Milieus

Edited by Leïla Kebir, Olivier Crevoisier, Pedro Costa and Véronique Peyrache-Gadeau

This book questions the way contemporary innovation processes develop and become embedded in territories. It analyses recent developments in territorial systems of production, networks of innovation and innovative milieus, with regard to the issue of sustainable development. Drawing on 12 case studies aimed at fostering sustainable development and conducted by an experienced team of international scholars, a new conceptual approach to sustainable innovation is proposed. More broadly, it also reassesses the development models proposed in the 1980s that emerged in the context of globalization, competitiveness and technological innovation.
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Chapter 6: Bairro Alto revisited: sustainable innovations, reputation building and urban development

Pedro Costa

Abstract

This chapter analyses the role of sustainable innovations in creative milieus, studying Bairro Alto cultural district, in Lisbon. A double perspective is used, analysing, on one hand, some sustainable innovations which have been introduced during recent years with the purpose to develop quality of life and minimize use conflicts in the area; and on the other hand, a collective sustainable innovation, linked to the perception of the risks in the evolution of the territorial system and the representations agents have about it. The chapter focuses in particular on reputation and symbolic issues which challenge more traditional approaches to urban sustainable development processes and the innovative milieu concept.

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