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Culture and Sustainability in European Cities
Imagining Europolis

ISBN 9781138778412
Published April 12, 2015 by Routledge
266 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

European cities are contributing to the development of a more sustainable urban system that is capable of coping with economic crises, ecological challenges and social disparities in different nation-states and regions throughout Europe.

This book reveals in a pluralistic way how European cities are generating new approaches to their sustainable development, and the special contribution of culture to these processes. It addresses both a deficit of attention to small and medium-sized cities in the framework of European sustainable development, and an underestimation of the role of culture, artistic expression and creativity for integrated development of the city as a prerequisite to urban sustainability. On the basis of a broad collection of case studies throughout Europe, representing a variety of regionally specific cultural models of sustainable development, the book investigates how participative culture, community arts, and more generally, creativity of civic imagination are conducive to the goal of a sustainable future of small and medium-sized cities.

This is an essential volume for researchers and postgraduate students in urban studies, cultural studies, cultural geography and urban sociology as well as for policymakers and practitioners wanting to understand the specificity of European cities as hubs of innovation, creativity and artistic industriousness.

Table of Contents

Foreward / Series Introduction  Introduction  Part 1: Culture and Sustainable Development of European Cities - What are the Issues?  1. Cultural Sustainability in Small and Medium-sized Cities: What Are the Issues?  2. Civic Urbanity: Looking at the City Afresh  3. We, European Cities and Towns: The Role of Culture for the Evolving European Model of Urban Sustainability  4. Culture, Quality of Life and Sustainable Urban Development  Part 2: Europolis as a Project - Envisioning More Sustainable Cities  5. European Cities as Cultural Projects: Where is Culture in Urban Sustainability Policy?  6. Culture in development strategies of small and medium-sized European cities: A comparative analysis  7. Cultural Policy-making by Networking: Local Cooperation and Global Competition in Small and Medium-sized Italian Cities  8. European Capitals of Culture and urban diplomacy  Part 3: Culture for Sustainable Development in Urban Policies and Practicies  9. A place in the city: Recognizing creative inclusion  10. Cultural access and activation: Civic participation in local sustainable communities 11. Provincial Poland: Sustainable development and culture in small and medium-sized towns 12. Culture, sustainable development, and innovation: The case of Norrby, Sweden 13. The town is the venue: "Place-making" at the heart of cultural policy  Part 4: Making the city resilient: Building Communities through artivism  14. Mobilizing urban neighbourhoods: Artivism, identity, and cultural sustainability  15. Land, people, and art: An attempt to renew social identity in the Czech Republic  16. Strumica, the city I want to live in!  17. Artistic/design practices, art education, and sustainable development: A question of design or of mutual transition?

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Svetlana Hristova is Associate Professor in Sociology of Culture and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in the South-West University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, and Chair of the ENCATC Thematic Area "Urban Management and Cultural Policies of City."

Milena Dragićević Šešić is Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, and Professor of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies at the University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.

Nancy Duxbury is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Co-Coordinator of its Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group. She is also Adjunct Professor of the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.