Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia
Chapter 10: Reusing old factory spaces in Taipei: the challenges of developing cultural parks
In facing the pressure of globalization and competition between cities, Taipei has embraced the concept of a cultural and creative city and come to regard the creative industry as an essential element for its development (Florida, 2002a, 2005; Kong et al., 2006). The city has made efforts to construct and provide cultural space for the creative class, offer diverse cultural events to residents and promote the city’s image. It has diligently tried to enhance its cultural capital by presenting, remoulding or creating venues with their own character and identity. By promoting the city’s creative industry, the goal is to promote cultural consumption among its people, consolidate the citizenry’s identity and cultivate the city’s image by creating its own cultural characteristics (Hsing and Chou, 2003).
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