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Engaging creativity in industrial regions: Mapping vernacular cultural assets

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  • This chapter explores the vernacular cultural assets ofWollongong,

    a largely suburban industrial city located just to the south of

    Sydney. Our interest here stems from our research for the wider

    Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia (CAMRA) project,

    which asked the following key questions: outside of official

    planning discourses, what kinds of cultural assets exist in a rapidly

    changing and historically industrial region? What constitutes

    creativity in such a context? And, as researchers, what kinds of

    research practice are necessary to engage with marginalised social

    groups and working-class communities as part of a cultural asset

    mapping approach? In this chapter, we reflect on our research

    experiences, and discuss the particularities of cultural and creative

    practice in a working-class steel city that is undergoing transitions.

    The story includes surfboards, punk music and custom-designed

    cars, but also diverse suburban 'cool places' invisible to the creative

    cities script.

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  • 2015

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  • Gibson, C., Warren, A. & Gallan, B. (2015). Engaging creativity in industrial regions: Mapping vernacular cultural assets. In P. Ashton, C. Gibson & R. Gibson (Eds.), By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia (pp. 153-168). Crawley, Australia: UWA Publishing.

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Book Title


  • By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia

Start Page


  • 153

End Page


  • 168

Abstract


  • This chapter explores the vernacular cultural assets ofWollongong,

    a largely suburban industrial city located just to the south of

    Sydney. Our interest here stems from our research for the wider

    Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia (CAMRA) project,

    which asked the following key questions: outside of official

    planning discourses, what kinds of cultural assets exist in a rapidly

    changing and historically industrial region? What constitutes

    creativity in such a context? And, as researchers, what kinds of

    research practice are necessary to engage with marginalised social

    groups and working-class communities as part of a cultural asset

    mapping approach? In this chapter, we reflect on our research

    experiences, and discuss the particularities of cultural and creative

    practice in a working-class steel city that is undergoing transitions.

    The story includes surfboards, punk music and custom-designed

    cars, but also diverse suburban 'cool places' invisible to the creative

    cities script.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Gibson, C., Warren, A. & Gallan, B. (2015). Engaging creativity in industrial regions: Mapping vernacular cultural assets. In P. Ashton, C. Gibson & R. Gibson (Eds.), By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia (pp. 153-168). Crawley, Australia: UWA Publishing.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2382&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1383

Book Title


  • By-roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia

Start Page


  • 153

End Page


  • 168