A selection of key readings sorted by topics of interest.
Mommaas, Hans. (2004). Cultural Clusters and the Post-Industrial City: Towards the Remapping of Urban Cultural Policy. Urban Studies.
McCarthy, J. (2005). Cultural quarters and regeneration: the case of Wolverhampton. Planning, Practice and Research, 20, 297-311. +
Sacco P.L., Tavano, G., Blessi, Nuccio, M. (2009) Cultural Policies and Local Planning Strategies: What Is the Role of Culture in Local Sustainable Development?, The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 39:1, 45-64. +
Lorenzini, E. (2011) The Extra-urban Cultural District: An Emerging Local Production System: Three Italian Case Studies, European Planning Studies, 19:8, 1441-1457. +
Fanzini, D., Rotaru, I. (2012). The Italian cultural district as a model for sustainable tourism and territorial development. Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends 5 (2):11. +
Harvey, D. (2012). Geoforum 43 (3):529-539. Thinking creative clusters beyond the city: People, places and networks. Exploration of a rural creative cluster in a U.K town called Krowji. Geoforum 43 (3):529-539. +
Lees, L. (2013). Arts-led regeneration in the UK: The rhetoric and the evidence on urban social inclusion. European Urban and Regional Studies. Vol 22, Issue 3, pp. 242 – 260.
Sacco, P., Ferilli, G., Nuccio, M. (2013). Culture as an Engine of Local Development Processes: System‐Wide Cultural Districts I : Theory. Growth and Change Vol:44 iss:4 pg:555 -570. +
Sacco, P., Ferilli, G., Nuccio, M. (2013). Culture as an Engine of Local Development Processes: System‐Wide Cultural Districts II : Prototype Cases. Growth and Change Vol.44(4), pp.571-588. +
Miller, E. (2013) Creative Places: Post-Industrial Cultural Districts in the Urban Northeast. +
Ellis, A. (2013). Successful cultural districts are powerful policy tools. The Art Newspaper. +
MacManus, C. (2014). Cultural quarters and urban regeneration – the case of Cathedral Quarter Belfast. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 01 January 2014, Vol.20(1), p.78-98. +
Bereitschaft, B. (2014). Neighbourhood change among creative–cultural districts in mid-sized US metropolitan areas, 2000–10. Regional Studies, Regional Science. Volume 1, 2014 – Issue 1. +
Mould, O. (2015). Hung, Drawn and Cultural Quartered: Rethinking Cultural Quarter Development Policy in the UK. European Planning Studies, 02 December 2015, Vol.23(12), p.2356-2369. +
Ellis, A (2016). Cultural Quarters for the Future. London Essays, Issue 4. +
Moon, M.J. (2001) Cultural Governance: A Comparative Study of Three Cultural Districts. Administration & Society Vol 33, Issue 4, pp. 432 – 454. +
Shorthose, J. (2004). The engineered and the vernacular in cultural quarter development. Capital & Class, 2004, Issue 84, pp.159-178. +
Santagata, W. (2006). Cultural Districts and Their Role in Developed and Developing Countries. Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture. Volume 1. +
Chapple, K., Jackson S. (2010). Concentrating creativity: The planning of formal and informal arts districts. Culture and Society 1 (4):225-234. +
Fábrega, A. (2012). Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts and Their Public Vacant Lots in Bedford-Stuyvesant: A Case for Creative Adaptations. New York: Pratt Institute. +
Fleming, T. (2004). Supporting the creative quarter? The role of the creative intermediary. In D. Bell & M. Jayne (eds.). City of Quarters. Urban Villages in the Contemporary City, 93-108.
Le Blanc, A. (2010). Cultural Districts, A New Strategy for Regional Development? The South-East Cultural District in Sicily. Regional Studies vol:44 iss:7 pg:905 -917. +
Arnaboldi M., Spiller N. (2011) Actor-network theory and stakeholder collaboration: The case of Cultural Districts. +
Ji Youn Kim (2016). Cultural entrepreneurs and urban regeneration in Itaewon, Seoul. Cities 56: 132-140. +
Francesconi, A. (2016). Learning to design cultural districts and learning from designing them. European Planning Studies Volume 24, 2016 – Issue 4. +
Evans, G. (2009). From cultural quarters to creative clusters: creative spaces in the new city economy. Stockholm: Institute of Urban History. +
2018, May 30th. South Africa should turn to ‘creative clusters’ to boost the arts. Article published in online journal The Conversation.
2018, What´s Next for Pittsburgh? The Cultural District established 20 years ago has been a major force in the city’s revival, bringing two million visitors and $300 million in economic activity to the city every year. +
2018, The Sunday Morning Herald. Transformation of the Melbourne´s Arts Precinct in Southbank, with an investment of more than $200 million over the next two years from the local government. +
2018, Building Design + Construction. Can cultural centers and cultural districts be catalysts for urban renewal? With U.S leading examples. +
2018, Quartiers des Spectacles press release. Summary of the study about the real estate economic benefits of the Quartier des Spectacles. +
2018, Mellon Foundation, The American Alliance of Museums. Museums as Economic Engines. On the economic impact of museums. +
2017, Cultural Infrastructure Index. Global Cultural Districts Network. Findings indicate that a total of $17.53 bn have been invested in cultural infrastructure around the world in 2017, with $2.62 bn being directed at cultural hubs/districts. +
2017, Americans for the Arts. Arts and Economic Prosperity 5. On the economic impact of culture in U.S cities, including 12 cultural districts. +
2016, Kelly, J. Placemaking as an Economic Development Strategy for Small and Midsized Cities. Urban Affairs Review. Vol 53, Issue 3, pp. 435 – 462.
2017, Directors of KEA and EUROCITIES on the transformation of cultural policies in cities: increased evidence of the impact of cultural investment on urban regeneration. +
2016, Kelly, J. Placemaking as an Economic Development Strategy for Small and Midsized Cities. Urban Affairs Review. Vol 53, Issue 3, pp. 435 – 462. +
2016, Cultural Infrastructure Index. Global Cultural Districts Network. Findings show that $17 bn were invested in cultural infrastructure during 2016, with $3.72 directed exclusively towards cultural hubs/districts. +
2014, Grodach, C. The London School of Economics and Political Science: American Politics and Policy (blog). Urban Policymakers Need to Reconsider the Role of Arts Districts in Cities’ Economic Development. +
Borrup, T. (2015). Creativity in urban placemaking: Horizontal networks and social equity in three cultural districts. +
Borrup, T. (2015). Protecting Cultural Space or Urban Re-colonization: When Do Cultural Districts Cross the Line?. Journal of Urban Culture Research Vol 11: Jul – Dec 2015. +
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