- Space and Spatiality: Re-conceptualising the Creative Urban    click here to open paper content30 kb
by    Vollebregt, Alexander | a.g.vollebregt@bk.tudelft.nl   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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This paper investigates the role of the ‘creative economy’ in the contemporary metropolis by focusing on its emergence as a result of shifting global economic and political structures, and its ‘grounding’ in the contemporary urban field.
The 20th century instigated large global shifts concerning economic and political relationships between the state, market and the individual by moving primarily from an autonomous and nationally empowered system to a complex layered and globally inter-dependant structure. The rise in technological advancements have facilitated the underlying ‘economic’ shift from a politically driven urbanity, to a market driven urbanity. The market, finding itself outside the nation state, consists primarily of a macro economy–driven by multinational corporations–and a micro economy that finds itself embedded in ‘everyday publics’. Publics consisting of global migrants from both developed and developing countries striving for sustainability and growth by pursuing economic advances.

The urban ‘being’ is constituted through both ones ‘situated-ness’ in the hard urban construct entailing programmed buildings, infrastructures, and contemporary ‘public’ space, as well as a ‘situated-ness’ in a soft network entailing ones social, cultural, political and economic relations. The positioning of oneself in this real and virtual web is a fundamental condition in manifesting ones economy.

Technology has facilitated greater movement and communication on a global scale; two primary ingredients for generating economic impulses. With new ICT’s at the forefront, instruments to spawn economic thrusts emerge throughout the urban field, essentially creating a manifold of possible economies in the contemporary city.

A re-conceptualisation of this contemporary urban reality must be made clear in order to properly understand and facilitate the necessary spatial (both real and virtual) conditions for a creative economy This paper will illustrate the complexities and dynamics of how the relationship between the local conditions in a globally related world are too complex and dynamic to be dealt with through a homogenous or purely localised consideration.
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