T. A. Hutton
London: Routledge, 2008
Following the restructuring process which swept away the traditional manufacturing economy of the inner city twenty-five years ago, new industries are transforming these former post-industrial landscapes. These creative, technology-intensive industries include Internet services, computer graphics and imaging, and video game production, and are integral to the production of the 'new inner city' of the 21st century. The development dynamics of these new sectors are volatile in comparison with those of the classic 'Industrial City', but these new industries highlight the unique role of the inner city in facilitating creative processes, innovation and social change. Further, they reflect the intensity of interaction between the 'global' and the 'local' in the metropolis, and represent key agencies of urban place-making and re-imaging. This book addresses the critical intersections between process and place which underpin the formation of creative enterprises in the inner city's new industrial districts. It contains intensive case studies of industrial restructuring within exemplary sites in prominent world cities such as London, Singapore, San Francisco and Vancouver. The findings inform a critique and synthesis of urban theory which frame the evolving conditions of the 21st century metropolis.