Cultural Infrastructure Index

The Cultural Infrastructure Index, undertaken for the Global Cultural Districts Network by AEA Consulting, seeks to measure investment in capital projects in the cultural sector, identifying projects with a budget of US$10 million or more that were publicly announced or completed within a calendar year. “Cultural infrastructure” comprises museums, performing arts centers, and cultural hubs or districts, and projects tracked include new buildings, renovations, and expansions.

This inaugural Cultural Infrastructure Index covers 2016. The collected data reveals some US$8.45 billion in new physical assets that came online last year (101 completed projects), and a further US$8.54 billion in investment announced across 135 new projects. Our analysis shows the median budget for announced projects (US$36 million) is lower than that for completed projects (US$41 million).

The 2017 Index will be released in spring 2018. 

Upcoming Publications

Beyond the concrete bollard: innovative urban furniture and security in public space

Over the next few months, the GCDN is undertaking a research project to identify good practices with respect to the use of street furniture for safety in public space, uncovering where this has been done most effectively, and giving an account of the way in which the furniture operates in situ, the design process and lessons learned so far since its installation, and a brief account of how it has served its purpose from the user perspective.

To be released end of 2017

Governance Models of Cultural Districts

Each year, the GCDN embarks on a major research project on a topic of significant interest to our members. For 2018, we have decided to focus on the issue of governance and create a White Paper that will contain case studies and explore the governance needs of districts in the preliminary planning phases and those existing and operating at full capacity. While the focus will be on cultural districts, defined as geographical areas with a high concentration of creative and cultural organizations or amenities, the research will also look at innovation districts and design districts as points of comparison.

To be released spring 2018