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The Creative City

Cultural policies and urban regeneration between conservation and development


Alessia Usai

This book focuses on the relationships between the creative city principles and the planning approach introduced by the European Landscape Convention in order to identify best practices for the development of innovative cultural policies and new urban regeneration tools.

The research is characterized by a cross-cutting approach to cultural heritage. It proposes a new model for the design of advanced cultural districts consisting of a benchmark methodology and a "toolbox" of spatial, economic and social indicators that can be used to build the necessary knowledge. Finally, having Sardinia Region (IT) as reference, the book offers a picture of programs and plans to which the methodology and the toolbox can be applied, outlining their potential impacts within cultural and spatial planning.

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The present work derives from a positive path of research and personal growth which would not have been possible without the guidance of my PhD Supervisor, Professor Anna Maria Colavitti. To her goes my special thanks for supporting me along my PhD Program and along the experience of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award.

I express my gratitude to the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC), to Annick Schramme – the ENCATC President –, to the Scientific Committee, to the Members of the Jury of the ENCATC Research Award, and to Peter Lang Publishing Company to give international breath to my research and make the publication of this volume possible.

In addition to this, my gratitude goes to Sardinia Region which supported my research with the resources of P.O.R. SARDEGNA F.S.E. 2007-2013 – Objective regional competitiveness and occupation, Line IV - Human Resources, Activity l.3.1 “Funding of PhD courses aimed at the training of highly specialized human resources, in particular for the ICT sectors, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, energy and sustainable development, agri-food industry and traditional materials.”

A special acknowledgment goes to the professors and researchers of the Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Architecture (DICAAR) and the Academic Board of the PhD Programme in Technologies for the Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage of the University of Cagliari (IT), who helped me to improve my thesis in its critical aspects. Furthermore, my gratitude goes to Professor Nicholas Clifton, my mentor during my research...

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