1st Edition

Creative Cluster Development Governance, Place-Making and Entrepreneurship

Edited By Marlen Komorowski, Ike Picone Copyright 2020
    266 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent decades, the importance of creative cluster development has gained increasing recognition from national and regional governments. Governments have been investing in initiatives and urban development plans that aim to create or support localized creative industries.

    Our understanding of creative clusters is expanded with this insightful volume, which looks at issues of governance, place-making and entrepreneurship. In addition to its theoretical contributions, the book also presents a rich range of international case studies, including, among others, an analysis of coworking spaces in Toronto, business park development in MediaCityUK and mediapark.brussels and public–private partnerships in Warsaw.

    Creative Cluster Development will be valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers in urban planning, regional studies, economic geography, innovation studies and the creative and cultural industries.

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    1 Introducing the book: the concept of creative cluster development

    Part A Theoretical approaches to the creative cluster concept

    Section I Governing creative cluster development

    2 Creative mediators and their role in the governance of creative clusters

    3 Creating an alternative governance model for creative clusters: the collaborative alliance model

    Section II Place-making and spaces for creative clusters

    4 Place as a guiding principle for spatial design of creative clusters in urban areas

    5 Interplay of the local and the global in connecting creative clusters around the globe

    Section III Entrepreneurship in and for creative clusters

    6 Business incubators as tools for creative cluster development

    7 Entrepreneurship in creative clusters: motivations, identities and interactions

    Part B Real-world case studies of creative cluster development

    Section IV Creative hubs and spaces in different contexts

    8 Models of co-working in Toronto’s innovation districts

    9 São Paulo’s creative hubs: local embeddedness as a tool for creative cluster development

    10 The fabric of creative cultures: how creative clusters connect with their neighbourhood in Warsaw’s districts of Praga

    Section V Media park development and governance

    11 Building mediapark.brussels: at the crossroads of media policy and urban development

    12 Challenges of collaboration: the case of Mediapolis in Finland

    13 Media parks as vehicles of economic development and city branding: MediaCityUK and MediaPark Cologne

    Section VI Organisations for creative cluster development

    14 Informal governance as enabler of creative collaborations: Institute for X in Aarhus

    15 Place leadership for creative cluster development: the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool


    16 A new momentum for creative clusters: exploring novel directions in governance, place-making and entrepreneurship


    Marlen Komorowski, PhD in Media and Communication Studies, is Senior Researcher at imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Impact Analyst for Clwstwr at Cardiff University. As a researcher, her work focuses on media and creative industries-related projects, impact analysis, industry clustering, ecosystem and value network analysis, new business models and the impact of digitization on industries and firms.

    Ike Picone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Unit Leader within the research group imec-SMIT-VUB, where he heads the research in Journalism, Trust and Participation. He is also a member of the Council for Journalism of Flanders (Belgium). His research topics include user participation in online news, the changing relationship between news audiences and journalists and the role of new media in the emergence of deliberative public spheres.