CAN WE MEASURE CULTURE IN CITIES?

By Valentina Montalto

Provided that culture uniquely defines a city, which urban contexts are more culturally vibrant? And in which ones does culture drive creative economies? This study presents a novel and freely accessible dataset – the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor – gathering 29 indicators for 168 European cities. Capitals generally lead on ‘Creative Economy’ but non-capitals do better on ‘Cultural Vibrancy’.

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CREATIVITY AND THE CITY: TESTING THE ATTENUATION OF AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

By Eva Coll-Martinez

Creative service industries (CSI)’s agglomeration rapidly decays with distance. This fact suggests that for CSI higher expected returns in terms of productivity arise from being agglomerated at the city centre. However, previous studies have not discussed how market potential effects could mitigate the agglomeration advantages for CSI. In this regard, I estimate the effects of having more near CSI firms on productivity in Barcelona controlling for specific neighbouring characteristics as demand factors and cultural amenities.

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THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS ON CONTEMPORARY URBAN DEVELOPMENT

By Monika Murzyn-Kupisz and Jarosław Działek

Cities have always functioned as focal points of civilisational and economic development, innovation and creativity, enabling regions and countries to uphold or improve their competitive position. Existing theoretical concepts referring to or incorporating artists seem too general and insufficient as full explanations of spatial and entrepreneurial patterns of artists’ activities in the urban space and further research seems necessary. We present a comprehensive edition, including case studies across all Europe. Continue reading “THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS ON CONTEMPORARY URBAN DEVELOPMENT”

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