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Darwin as 'Creative Tropical City': Just how transferable is creative city thinking?

Luckman, Susan, Gibson, Chris, Lea, Tess and Brennan-Horley, Chris (2007). Darwin as 'Creative Tropical City': Just how transferable is creative city thinking?. In: State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, Adelaide, SA, 28-30 November 2007.

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Author Luckman, Susan
Gibson, Chris
Lea, Tess
Brennan-Horley, Chris
Title Darwin as 'Creative Tropical City': Just how transferable is creative city thinking?
Conference Name State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference
Conference Location Adelaide, SA
Conference Dates 28-30 November 2007
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2007
Place of Publication Adelaide, SA
Publisher SOAC : Causal Productions
Publication Year 2007
ISBN 9780646481944   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 370
End Page 379
Total Pages 10
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract This paper contributes to recent debates about how urban policy discourses travel, whether they are transferable and what is lost in their translation. It draws on recent ARC-Linkage funded research on Darwin, a tropical-savannah location which the local government wants to promote as a‘creative city’. We contexualise our discussion in academic literatures on the creative city, and then discuss the geographical, demographic and cultural characteristics that make Darwin a challenging and distinct context for translation of global theories of creative city rejuvenation. As well as argue a case for more nuanced locationally-specific analysis of the capacity of places to embrace travelling policy discourses, we suggest ways in which creative city research can be refreshed, including through intersection with literatures on (post)colonial urban politics, and through consideration of policy initiatives other than those targeted at ‘creative industries’ per se. We also emphasise that tropical cities in remote locations provide particular challenges to accepted wisdom about creativity-led urban planning.
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