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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2012): Community regeneration and development - overseas

Creativity, urban regeneration and sustainability: the Bordeaux case study

A. Martone and M. Sepe

Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, vol. 5, 2012, p. 164-183

Creative cities are currently working on how to improve the interaction between regeneration building, economic development and social renewal in order to achieve a more comprehensive renaissance. They revolve around the design, promotion and activation of urban areas with particular local characteristics and identities. Such areas become creative clusters as a result of economic and structural innovation, achieved with the help of local development strategies based on the economies of excellence, culture and territorial quality. Two main types or creative cluster can be identified: cultural clusters created around activities such as art, music and cinema and events clusters developed around the staging of major cultural and recreational festivals. This paper aims to investigate the concept of the creative city, the factors conditioning creativity in cities, and how they stimulate sustainable urban regeneration, using the Bordeaux les deux rives project as a case study.

Innovative community change

N. Walzer and S. Cordes (guest editors)

Community Development, vol.43, 2012, p. 1-129

It is the responsibility of community development scholars and practitioners to help communities seize opportunities for betterment while avoiding or minimising risks. Research suggests that successful community change depends on: 1) careful preparation of communities for interventions; 2) high quality programmes; 3) effective programme implementation; and 4) follow-up activities. The articles in this special issue describe programmes which have succeeded in accomplishing community change objectives using a variety of innovative approaches while conforming to these best practice principles.

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