- Morphological Approach towards socio-spatial Design of creative Cities    click here to open paper content704 kb
by    Sarkar, Arunava | module_b@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
The paper researches successful models of socio-spatial design in traditional Indian and western creative cities.
It achieves a model of regenerating post industrial cities by harnessing traditional knowledge to suit modern culture industries.

Brief outline:
The city as a socio-economic and political construct enjoys a dynamic relationship to its socio economic matrix (resource base).
Specific strategies adopted by cities to exploit its resource leads to a structuring of space into a morphological imprint. The current enquiry is into successful models of socio-spatial design of spaces in traditional Indian and western cities which have fostered participation and creativity in mankind.

The research draws inspiration from contemporary theory on creativity and cultural capital and analyses case studies through an empirical framework

The objective is to establish the pre conditions of a creative city in terms of a
Socio economic matrix- Softscape
Morphological structure- Hardscape

The inferences of the research would cumulate in design knowledge for spatial organization which can be the container of creative talent.

Demonstration: The research informs the strategic regeneration of Howrah, the twin city of Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. Howrah, unlike Kolkata, is a deindustrialized, post-industrial town, characterized by degeneration and high unemployment. Recently Howrah has been earmarked for regeneration by the state government.
The urban regeneration programme harnesses the traditional knowledge resources of the community to rejuvenate the local industrial skills as a creative resource. The process of regeneration is achieved by building upon social capital to feed innovative culture industries (Source: Sasaki, The Role of Culture in Urban Regeneration).
The planning of the creative clusters is based upon traditional creative neighbourhood systems, tailored to compete in the age of globalization. Various hardscape and softscape strategies have been adapted to suit site conditions.
The research achieves a theoretical model of restructuring post industrial derelict areas based on the creative city concept.
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