Culture and sustainability European cities : imagining Europolis edited by Svetlana Hristova, Milena Dragicevic Sesic, and Nancy Duxbury

Hristova, Svetlana [ed.] | Dragicevic Sesic, Milena [ed.] | Duxbury, Nancy [ed.].
ISBN: 9781138778412 (hardback).Edition: 1st ed.Publisher: Abingdon : Routledge, 2015Description: xx, 246 p.Series: Routledge studies in culture and sustainable development.Summary: European cities are contributing to the development of a more sustainable urban system that is capable of coping with economic crises, ecological challenges, and social disparities in different nation, states and regions throughout Europe. This book reveals in a pluralistic way how European cities are generating new approaches to their sustainable development, and the special contribution of culture to these processes. It addresses both a deficit of attention to small and medium, sized cities in the framework of European sustainable development and an underestimation of the role of culture, artistic expression, and creativity for integrated development of the city as a prerequisite to urban sustainability. On the basis of a broad collection of case studies throughout Europe, representing a variety of regionally specific cultural models of sustainable development, the book investigates how participative culture, community arts, and, more generally, creativity of civic imagination are conducive to the goal of a sustainable future for small and medium, sized cities. This is an essential volume for researchers and postgraduate students in urban studies, cultural studies, cultural geography, and urban sociology, as well as for policy makers and practitioners wanting to understand the specificity of European cities as hubs of innovation, creativity, and artistic industriousness. (Font: Editor)
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European cities are contributing to the development of a more sustainable urban system that is capable of coping with economic crises, ecological challenges, and social disparities in different nation, states and regions throughout Europe.
This book reveals in a pluralistic way how European cities are generating new approaches to their sustainable development, and the special contribution of culture to these processes. It addresses both a deficit of attention to small and medium, sized cities in the framework of European sustainable development and an underestimation of the role of culture, artistic expression, and creativity for integrated development of the city as a prerequisite to urban sustainability. On the basis of a broad collection of case studies throughout Europe, representing a variety of regionally specific cultural models of sustainable development, the book investigates how participative culture, community arts, and, more generally, creativity of civic imagination are conducive to the goal of a sustainable future for small and medium, sized cities.
This is an essential volume for researchers and postgraduate students in urban studies, cultural studies, cultural geography, and urban sociology, as well as for policy makers and practitioners wanting to understand the specificity of European cities as hubs of innovation, creativity, and artistic industriousness. (Font: Editor)

COST statement Series introduction / Katriina Soini, Joost Dessein -- List of figures and tables -- Notes on contributors -- introduction / Svetlana Hristova, Milena Dragicevic Sesic, Nancy Duxbury -- Section I. Culture and sustainable development of European cities: what are the issues?: 1. Cultural sustainability in small and medium.-sized cities: what are the issues? / Helmut K. Anheier, Michael Hoelscher -- 2. Civic urbanity: looking at the city afresh / Charles Landry -- 3. We, European cities and towns: the role of culture for the evolving European model of urban sustainability / Svetlana Hristova -- 4. Culture, quality of life, and sustainable urban development / Aldo Milohnic -- Section II. Europolis as a project: envisioning more sustainable cities: 5. European cities as cultural projects: where is culture in urban sustainability policy? / Nancy Duxbury -- 6. Culture in development strategies of small and medium - sized European cities: a comparative analysis / Elisabete Caldeira Neto Tomaz -- 7. Cultural policy making by networking: local cooperation and global competition in small and medium - sized Italian cities / Davide Ponzini -- 8. European Capitals of Culture and urban diplomacy / Rolf Hugoson -- Section III. Culture for sustainable development in urban policies and practices: 9. A place in the city: recognizing creative inclusion / François Matarasso -- 10. Cultural access and activation: civic participation in local sustainable communities / Anita Kangas, Sakarias Sokka -- 11. Provincial Poland: sustainable development and culture in small and medium - sized towns / Katarzyna Plebanczyk -- 12. Culture, sustainable development, and innovation: the case of Norrby, Sweden / Jenny Johannisson -- 13. The town is the venue: "place - making" at the heart of cultural policy / David Stevenson, Rachel Blanche -- Section IV. Making the city resilient: building communities through artivism: 14. Mobilizing urban neighbourhoods: artivism, identity, and cultural sustainability / Milena Dragicevic Sesic, leksandar Brkic, Julija Matejic -- 15. Land, people, and art: an attempt to renew social identity in the Czech Republic / Miloslav Lapka, Eva Cudlínová -- 16. Strumica, the city I want to live in! / Loreta Georgievska-Jakovleva, Misel Pavlovski -- 17. Artistic/design practices, art education, and sustainable development: a question of design or of mutual transition? / Nelly van der Geest -- Index

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