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Beyond the ‘buzz’: locating critical geographies of creativity

Chapter


Abstract


  • Much academic and policy work on creative industries has a distinct spatial flavour. Locational terminology including clusters, precincts and quarters dominates, positioning signature global cities and inner urban areas within them, as places with ideal attributes – proximity, density, grit and buzz. This chapter reviews efforts by critical geographers to trouble such ideas. Modalities of creativity manifest in small cities and across the Global South, forging dispersed industry networks overlaid with precarity. Isolation and remoteness (both physical and perceived) bring challenges and pleasures. Meanwhile, in archetypal creative cities, waves of speculative real estate developments have disrupted space access and affordability, affecting cluster formation and durability. Qualitative mapping research is drawn upon to visualize creative geographies through topological networks within and beyond the city, amidst urban displacements, and alongside territorial constructs borne out of participants’ everyday understandings of place. Both centripetal and centrifugal forces shape the conditions of creative possibility.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Gibson, C., & Brennan-Horley, C. (2020). Beyond the ‘buzz’: locating critical geographies of creativity. In Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity (pp. 94-110). doi:10.4337/9781785361647.00014

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781785361630

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85137532747

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity

Start Page


  • 94

End Page


  • 110

Abstract


  • Much academic and policy work on creative industries has a distinct spatial flavour. Locational terminology including clusters, precincts and quarters dominates, positioning signature global cities and inner urban areas within them, as places with ideal attributes – proximity, density, grit and buzz. This chapter reviews efforts by critical geographers to trouble such ideas. Modalities of creativity manifest in small cities and across the Global South, forging dispersed industry networks overlaid with precarity. Isolation and remoteness (both physical and perceived) bring challenges and pleasures. Meanwhile, in archetypal creative cities, waves of speculative real estate developments have disrupted space access and affordability, affecting cluster formation and durability. Qualitative mapping research is drawn upon to visualize creative geographies through topological networks within and beyond the city, amidst urban displacements, and alongside territorial constructs borne out of participants’ everyday understandings of place. Both centripetal and centrifugal forces shape the conditions of creative possibility.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Gibson, C., & Brennan-Horley, C. (2020). Beyond the ‘buzz’: locating critical geographies of creativity. In Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity (pp. 94-110). doi:10.4337/9781785361647.00014

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781785361630

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85137532747

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity

Start Page


  • 94

End Page


  • 110