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Postgraduate Course: The Creative City in Theory and Practice (HIAR11084)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe creative city is a term first used in the mid-1990s by Charles Landry to describe a city focused on the so-called ¿creative industries¿ (normally advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, music, the performing arts, publishing, software, TV and Radio, video games see Howkins 2001). The term is now widely used by governments, and property developers worldwide; the creative city is widely believed to be a panacea for urban ills. This course examines the theory and practice of the creative city, with a particular emphasis on the city as built. The literature touches on art history, architecture, museology and sociology, as well as the material promoting the concept of the creative city produced by governments at all levels. The city of Edinburgh is a particular focus. The course will engage with the city¿s experience in arts festivals, art museums, and its more recent attempts to attract new media business. It will also consider Scotland more widely as a case study of a nation with a particular investment in the concept of the creative city. Key questions throughout the course are: how is the theory of the creative city manifest in reality? What does it feel like to live and work in the creative city? What are its limits? What is its future?
Course description Week 1 Introduction - key terms and concepts - pedagogy - what's expected - allocation of seminar topics

Week 2 The Geography of the Creative City - key buildings and building types - Edinburgh as a typical creative city

Week 3 The Media City - a new architectural type - examples from Dubai, Singapore, Glasgow, Manchester etc

Week 4 The Festival City - what festivals are, what they need, how they impact on the built environment - Edinburgh as case study

Week 5 The Art City - gallery and museum infrastructure - relation to the art market

Week 6 The Sociable City - the creative city's social spaces and their uses

Week 7 The Networked City - web and other networks - the image of the network - incubator spaces and new media business

Week 8 The Politics of Creativity - the creative city as social engineering - who benefits? Who doesn't?

Week 9 The Creative City on the Couch - the psychology of the creative city - what it feels like to live and work in it - new behaviours and beliefs

Week 10 Conclusions - the pros and cons of the creative city and its future
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Writing 50%
Discussion 50%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
¿ up-to-date, detailed knowledge of creative city theories
¿ ability to analyse critically those theories
¿ ability to discuss real-world examples of the creative city
¿ ability to discuss the theory and practice of the creative city with confidence in a range of real-world contexts
Reading List
Bauman, Z., Liquid Modernity (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000)
Beck, U., World at Risk (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007)
Buskirk, M., Creative Enterprise; Contemporary Art Between Museum and Marketplace (New York: Continuum, 2013)
Caves, R. E., Creative Industries: Contracts Between Art and Commerce (Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard UP, 2000)
Chapain, C., C. Collinge, P. Lee, S. Musterd (eds.), ¿Can We Plan the Creative Knowledge City?, special issue of Built Environment, 35, 2 (2009)
DCMS (2013)
Florida, R., The Rise of the Creative Class (New York: Basic Books, 2002)
Harvey, D., Spaces of Hope (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP 2000
Holston, J., Cities and Citizenship (Durham: Duke UP, 1999)
Howkins, J., The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas (London: Penguin Books, 2001)
Landry, C., The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators (London: Earthscan, 2000)
Sennett, R., The Corrosion of Character (New York: Norton, 2000)
Williams, R. J., The Anxious City (London: Routlege, 2004)
Williams, R. J., Brazil: Modern Architectures in History (London: Reaktion, 2009)
Woodman, E., MediaCityUK Wins Carbuncle Cup¿, Building Design (1 September 2011)
Zukin, S., Naked City (New York: Oxford UP, 2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Writing, verbal presentation
KeywordsCreative Industries, City, Culture, Urban, Regeneration
Course organiserDr Richard Williams
Tel: (0131 6)51 6792
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852
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