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Ten Take-Aways from the World Cities Summit 2016

By Renard Teipelke It is for sure not comprehensive to distill ten take-aways from the World Cities Summit, which takes place every two years, brings together more than 1,000 delegates, and is co-hosted together with the International Water Week and … Continue reading

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by Ares Kalandides The other day, following an “unfortunate” speech by the Greek minister of Culture and Sports, I offered some thoughts on culture and the creative economy (here on this blog). Only the day after, on Sunday 23rd February … Continue reading

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“Culture is economy” – or maybe not?

by Ares Kalandides On 20th of February 2014, the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Mr. Panos Panagiotopoulos delivered the opening speech of the EU conference ‘Financing Creativity’ in Athens. The aim of the conference was to address models of … Continue reading

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Bogotá – the Decades of Transformation*

by Ares Kalandides When, in 2012 UNESCO decided to include Bogotá in the network of creative cities, the surprise was huge: the city of drugs and kidnapping, of violence and of civil war, a “creative city”? Yes, it is hard … Continue reading

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Living Identities: Intangible Cultural Heritage

By Renard Teipelke Imagine the following situation: A city needs a new or extended piece of infrastructure and as a result it has to deal with the World Heritage status of a corresponding place/building/structure. Often big fights come with the … Continue reading

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Kultur(brauerei) for sale*

by Ares Kalandides The news that the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg is to be sold off to private investors didn’t really move crowds. As if the old brewery was so mainstream already that this final blow was of little importance. … Continue reading

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You Want Another Index? Here We Go with INNOVATION!

By Renard Teipelke There is probably no index missing in the profession (and obsession) of ranking cities. One index that was recently mentioned in the UN-Habitat State of the World Cities Report 2012/2013 is the Innovation Cities Index. 2thinknow, the … Continue reading

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Urban Explorations: Nacht & Nebel in Neukölln

by Markus Kather This weekend Neukölln, one of Berlin’s most interesting districts for art and design, is showing off: Nacht und Nebel is a festival for local art and culture. In more than 100 locations Neukölln’s artists will present their … Continue reading

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Regionalization and Place Identity (Or: what is really the Niederlausitz?)

by Markus Kather Döbern. Döbern? Optionally this is a small town in (Southern) Brandenburg // near Cottbus // in the Lausitz region // between Dresden and Berlin // near Forst // south of the Spreewald // nearly in Poland // … Continue reading

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Culture as a city development tool: Barranquilla, Colombia, American Capital of Culture 2013

by Claudia Rojas Last week while surfing the web, I found out that Barranquilla, Colombia, was selected “American’s Capital of Culture 2013”. For those who keep track of the cultural move in the Caribbean, I guess the award was not … Continue reading

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