What places encourage people to be imaginative, what are their qualities and characteristics? What are the conditions that allow people to think, plan and act with imagination? Does history matter? Does this happen organically?
What can we learn about creative environments by comparing Stroud and Berlin? Can we compare a global hub like Berlin and Stroud? Charles argues that we can.
In both places there is a relative openness, a willingness to experiment. There are conditions which enable people and organisations to think, plan and act creatively. Yet both places are under threat – rising prices and gentrification is one and also a push back to try to normalise things rather than realizing that it is the alternative streak in both places that makes them what they are.
Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities.
The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources. Charles Landry has written many books including most recently ‘The Creative Bureaucracy’ (September 2017). He is best known for ‘The Creative City: A toolkit for Urban Innovators’ (2000); ‘The Art of City Making’ (2006); and ‘The Intercultural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage with Phil Wood.’
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