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?
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 Šešićis 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.
"‘Imagining Europolis' comes at a moment when more than ever we need - at EU level - to collectively build a common civic space where European citizens can discuss and reflect on crucial issues for the further development of our European project. The book clearly contributes to this endeavour. My thanks to the authors!"–Sylvain Pasqua, Senior Expert in EU cultural policies in the European Commission, Coordinator of the "European Capitals of Culture" scheme of the European Union
"This is a very timely book, that gathers many distinguished contributors on a hot topic such as sustainable culture-led development in small and medium-sized European cities – the true backbone of Europe. Research, fresh ideas and experiences in this field are much needed in the Europe of today. Warmly recommended reading."–Pier Luigi Sacco, Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University, Milan; Member of the technical-scientific Committee on Cultural Economics of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage
"The complex cultural dimensions of the urban condition today and of the theory and practice of sustainability are topics hampered by commonplaces as well as wishful if not incantatory thinking. The essays in this truly significant volume on European cities break exciting new ground, however. They provide a rich template for far more informed and fruitful debate."–Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, The American University of Paris; Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney.
"‘Imagining Europolis’ shows compellingly how a number of the continent’s small and medium-sized cities offer key creative, imaginative and participatory models for a culture-based sustainable urbanism while clearly theorizing ever-present tensions and faultlines. In its models for sustainable cit