- New Horizons in Regional Science series
Edited by Philip Cooke and Luciana Lazzeretti
Chapter 8: Creativity, Innovation and Territorial Agglomeration in Cultural Activities: The Roots of the Creative City
Pedro Costa 1. INTRODUCTION1 In recent years the awareness of the vibrancy of territorialized production complexes based on cultural activities has increased signiﬁcantly, as these activities have become recognized as crucial in the promotion of regional development, urban renewal and cities competitiveness. Several examples of culture-driven spontaneous dynamics or cases of planned operations based on cultural activities have been broadly documented and analysed all over the world, and have been increasingly related to the fundamental issue of creativity. In eﬀect, recent interest in ‘creative cities’ makes particularly clear the relation between urban territory and creativity-led sustainable development dynamics, distinguishing the speciﬁc conditions, in terms of dimension and agglomeration eﬀects, which seem to be necessary to expand creative processes, both in the production and consumption of cultural products.2 Actually, creative process is clearly related to urban space, particularly to agglomeration eﬀects, as recognized both by theoretical approaches in multiple ﬁelds and by several empirical studies. This chapter draws attention to the relations between these territorial agglomerations and the mechanisms that are behind the innovative dynamics veriﬁed in these areas, with a particular focus on the issue of creativity. In the ﬁrst and main part (sections 2 to 4), a theoretical approach to this question is made, in order to understand and map some of the diverse concepts that have been developed in recent years to bring to light and explain these situations, both in academic analysis and in political discourse. Departing from the notions of...
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