- Regional Spaces, Creativity and Sustainable Cities    click here to open paper content223 kb
by    Twitchett, Bill | tercitey@nordnet.fr   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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Appreciation of climatic and geographical factors in development of cities and regions enables evaluation of quality of life in relation to qualities of site. Economic and cultural vitality is influenced by imagination of populations rooted into founding events and options for governance. Responsibility, harmony and perseverance are key factors for lasting creativity.

« Regional Spaces, Creativity and Sustainable Cities »

In introduction, reference is made to convivial regions of the planet :
definitions, existing regions, potential for creativity

Significant cities have been developed within broad categories of
climatic conditions : Alta, Biskra, Jakarta, Buenos Aires…
While predominant geographical considerations might include an
ocean port, rivers, plateau, mountains… is there not, through new
technologies, new freedom for unleashing unlimited scope for
creativity ?
Quality of life / quality of natural or built environment : is an evaluation
possible ?

Within a population, imagination as a vital attribute in imagining
spaces is also essential in imagining the economy
Founding events related to water, food and defence have had their
importance throughout history, but there is ample evidence of
disappearance as well as creation of cities. Recent foundations, both
small and large, have been based on options for governance as well
as on other factors
To what extent can economic vitality be channelled through
concerted provision of regional spaces for new activities, or will
global economic forces alone decide ? Growth might be desirable,
but can policies of creative economies avoid exorbitant growth and
difficult living conditions within specific sites, also the casting of long
shadows over other highly desirable locations
Although ancient urban centres tend to favour cultural activity, can
new spaces also stimulate cultural vitality, essential to well-being of
populations ?

Human settlements, both old and new, need to achieve harmony with
their regional site in order to survive through time
To ensure sustainability new components of the economy should
facilitate social responsibility at all stages of development
Sound governance favouring suitable siting for such creative
components is essential in consolidating, sustaining and
maintaining resultant spaces compatible with human dignity

Finally, an attempt is made to reach some conclusions about the
degree of freedom in location of spaces for creative economies,
within world patterns of urbanisation
regions, governance, creativity, cultural vitality, perseverance
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