Half the world's urban population live in cities with 500,000 inhabitants or fewer – it's time to celebrate these 'ordinary' cities.
Ségou in Mali has successfully developed its urban cultural economy in ways that's inclusive, sustainable and context-sensitive.
A new project documents who uses urban industrial lands slated for redevelopment. It reveals a vibrant but largely hidden sector at the interface between creative industries and small manufacturing.
It's time for governments to put a stop to the twisted logic of gentrification.
The notion of the creative sector driving fulfilling work as cities shed old industries has worn thin. But those creatives might be delivering value of a different kind, offering a more human future.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
The digital pin-ups' business models actually inhibit serendipity and, indeed, innovation by absorbing entire markets into the sealed-off space of their platforms.
The corporate world has taken the lead in promoting various creative/smart city visions, which struggle to be inclusive, let alone entrust citizens with control over their lives.
Cities seeking to attract creative industries have relied heavily on the cluster concept. New research suggests a technology-driven transformation of how the sector works calls for a new approach.
The “edgy authenticity” of street art makes it an ideal tool for urban planners seeking to attract the new "creative class".