In recent decades, the importance of creative cluster development has gained increasing recognition from national and regional governments. Increasingly, 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, innovation and production. In addition to its theoretical contributions, the book also presents a rich range of international case studies, including co-working spaces in Toronto, business park development in MediaCityUK and Mediaclusters.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 Global production networks: 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
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