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The Creative City

Cultural policies and urban regeneration between conservation and development

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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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6. Creative Spatial Policies for Cultural Heritage and Landscape

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Creative Spatial Policies for Cultural Heritage and Landscape

A Shared Methodology

The analysis of the development of creative spatial policies at international, national and regional scale has highlighted the correlations with the cultural heritage and landscape.

In Italy, the sporadic initiatives of the government are in contrast to the dynamism of cities and regions. The formers are involved in the UNESCO and European programming, while the seconds are building several advanced cultural districts, i.e. complex relational networks acting within different economic contexts based on a multi-sector approach. The creation of advanced districts requires a multidisciplinary methodology which includes analytic tools belonging to social sciences, economics and spatial planning. Furthermore, on the operational level, district policies as well as spatial planning cope with the techniques for the project cycle management competing for the EU and other international funds. In addition, the district masterplans and the urban regeneration strategies1 are both characterized by knowledge frameworks which consider several development factors showing an eco-systemic approach to planning.

This foresees a convergence between district policies and urban recovery opening new interesting perspectives on the inclusion of the advanced cultural districts within urban planning and the production of new tools for cultural heritage management based on the creative spatial policies.

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