Do you want to have the latest research on cities and creativity served to you on a silver platter?
Then this is the session for you!
We ran an open call for researchers worldwide to answer the Creativity World Forum CITY challenge: How to transform city heritage into a city of opportunities? This three-hour ram-packed session is the result.
Here, you will meet the five reviewers in debate, the six selected researchers and their takes on urban creativity – and the research will be presented not only verbally, but also through animations.


Join us for an animated debate of cutting edge research; how does research enter society and how can creativity be a driver for viable urban development in a changing world?

Globally, more people are city-dwellers than not. The move towards urban areas is only gathering speed: With Western countries leading the way, projections sway between 64 and 70 percent of the world population that will live in cities by 2050.

Cities on the rise, creative cities and cities of opportunities build on new insights into urban planning, new (smart) public spaces and a growing ecosystem for creative citizen engagement and urban experimentation. Cultural and creative institutions, neighbourhoods and incubators are increasingly becoming significant actors in shaping viable urban life. Yet our cities still face the legacy of industrial heritage, silo-oriented governance models and old infrastructures. How do city dwellers navigate between these legacies and new ways of urban living?
People worldwide are excited about the plenteous opportunities cities offer and increasingly choose the city as their place to live, work and play. This has led to challenges for rural areas and the urban rural divide has in many places been sharpened. Can we rethink and “redo” the rural-urban divide through creativity and culture? Will digitalisation further disrupt our old dichotomies and create new more fluent and inclusive spaces?

The academic debate at the Creativity World Forum highlights these important topics against a backdrop where many cities are re-scoping towards a creative city whilst dealing with inherited structures and population pressure. This is not an easy balance.

WHO are the researchers presenting their IDEAS?

Remake London: A Reimagined Public Planning Process is a speculative urban plan for the City of London developed through a reimagined public planning process designed by Tom Butler from Central Saint Martins. As a researcher, writer and creative producer, Tom Butler specialises in the built environment and the stories that underpin it. He has lived and worked in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Shanghai and has recently completed an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins. His research-led practice includes site-specific installations that reconsider heritage, narrative and place, working with organisations including the National Trust, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London and Arup Foresight. 

Action led research to create new frameworks for leadership and connectivity in the creative economy in Cardiff and its region is a research poject developed by Sara Pepper from Cardiff University. The purpose of Sara Pepper’s role is to provide leadership and strategic direction for the creative economy project and team at Cardiff University. It is her ambition to inspire, encourage and support working relationships across the city through networking, partnership engagement and knowledge exchange. Sara is currently a member of the British Council UK Hubs Steering Group, the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Advisory Group and the Cardiff City Region Exchange Steering Group.

Art, creativity and civic participation for city technology innovation through ‘Open Prototyping’ is a research project developed by Dr. Drew Hemment, Dr. Joanna Bletcher and Dr. Saskia Coulson, comming all from the University of Dundee. Dr. Drew Hemment is a Dundee Fellow and Reader in DJCAD at the University of Dundee, Project Lead of GROW Observatory and Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything. His research on and of the digital age has been recognised in awards from the cultural, business and technology fields, and resulted in new policy and infrastructure. Dr. Joanna Bletcher is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Dundee. Her research interests include exploring curatorial practice for design and developing prototyping as a tool for innovation. She has undertaken research in collaboration with national organisations such as V&A Museum of Design Dundee, Craft Scotland and the Crafts Council. Dr. Saskia Coulson is a researcher at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on the creative economy and design for social innovation and change. Previous research collaborators include: the V&A, V&A Museum of Design Dundee, and Design Museum in London.

Smart Culture in Smart Cities
by Jens Bley, a Visiting Professor at HafenCity University Hamburg. This presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges for cultural institutions and cultural content in smart cities, smart quarters and smart squares. Jens Bley is the initiator of the nationally funded “Smart Square” research project; eCulture Entrepreneur: strategies, research & development and producing of eCulture innovations in smart cities. Initiator and producer of eCulture forums; speaker and workshop organizer at various museum innovation conferences in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia; Co-Initiator of regional cultural hackathon with cultural institutions from Germany, Denmark and Sweden; Co-Initiator/Head of Smart City advisory group at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

BLACKFORESTBAUKULTUR a manifesto on how to develop an architectural language in rural spaces by Dr. Matthias Stippich from Echomar and KIT (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie). Matthias Stippich is an architect and urban designer with a passion for the regional specification in the digital age. Following this passion and after graduating from ETH Zurich in 2006 he joined the international doctoral college „Spatial Research Lab“. Furthermore he has held various positions as a guest lecturer at KIT Karlsruhe, TU Munich and AUS Sharjah. After completing his award-winning PhD he founded the Echomar Studio in 2014. Additionally he teaches architecture and urban design at KIT Karlsruhe and researches the regional specifications and their digital transformation into architecture.

Making Sense: New approaches in tackling urban environmental challenges presents findings from the European Commission H2020 funded research project Making Sense, and is authored by Dr. Saskia Coulson, Mel Woods, Dr. Michelle Scott and Dr. Drew Hemment. Mel Woods is a reader in Creative Intelligence at the Unversity of Dundee, her research focuses on supporting people with knowledge and information exchange for change making. She is the lead investigator with AHRC Design in Action, H2020 Making Sense and H2020 The GROW Observatory. Dr. Michelle Scott is a researcher with Making Sense at the University of Dundee where her research focuses on participatory sensing. Previously she has worked at the Centre of Sustainability at the University of Otago and completed her PhD in HCI at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.

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