Graeme Evans - 'Creative Cities, Creative Spaces? Form and Function'
Urban Lab, Mackintosh School of Architecture

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Mackintosh Lecture Theatre


21 Feb 2011
17:00 - 18:30



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Graeme Evans - 'Creative Cities, Creative Spaces? Form and Function'

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Graeme Evans
'Creative Cities, Creative Spaces? Form and Function' - watch video

Creative Cities and the stormtroopers of post-industrial resurgence and regeneration - the Creative Class - are twin mantras of city-regions in repositioning their economies towards the knowledge society. The role of cultural facilities and the blurring of consumption and production have changed both the perception and practice of public culture. This is manifested not least in new and redesigned art museums and centres. It is here where art and architecture coalesce, but not on an equal basis.

The presentation will first review the rationales used to justify creative city policy and interventions worldwide, distinguishing large from smaller and peripheral cities. The focus on particular art forms and sectors will highlight the reference to old pre-industrial culture, as well as digital media. Finally, the product of physical regeneration will be viewed through a critique of the questionable form and function of many iconic cultural buildings and their star designers.

Dr Graeme Evans is currently director of the interdisciplinary Cities Research Institute and Professor of Urban Cultures. He also holds a special Chair in Culture & Urban Development at the University of Maastricht, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.  His work spans cultural policy, planning, urban design and regeneration.  He led the investigation for the Culture Ministry (DCMS) into Culture & Regeneration (Culture at the Heart of Regeneration), and developed the national Cultural Planning Toolkit (Living Places).  He recently completed studies for the DCMS Culture & Sport Evidence (CASE) programme on cultural mapping and investment in culture. He also led the UK-Canada study, Creative Spaces, which scoped creative city strategies and rationales worldwide. Key publications include Designing Sustainable Cities and Cultural Planning: An Urban Renaissance? He serves as an expert for the Council of Europe and OECD on culture and creative industries and assesses projects for cultural agencies, including Glasgow's Festival of Architecture /Lighthouse, 1999. He has curated successive exhibitions at the London Architecture Biennale/Festival based on urban sustainability and design (VivaCity, AUNT-SUE, InSITU).

This is a special event organized and sponsored by the Urban Lab, Mackintosh School of Architecture.