Creative Cities: the Future of Urban Life

Cooperation programme supported by the International Visegrad Fund

As a reflection on global transformations and the increasing global crisis, there is an obvious attempt and need for a paradigm shift. As complex strategic thinking takes momentum and takes the shape of new approaches experts of various fields need to be connected. Regional development strategies therefore need to be reconsidered from the angle of social and economic cohesion and sustainability in most regions of the Visegrad countries.

The ‘Creative City - Sustainable Region’ concept offers an alternative to mainstream development strategies based on local and regional creativity and innovation potential. It focuses on the creation, accumulation and dissemination of new knowledge, interconnected with the management of cultural heritage, the accumulation and investment of social and relational capital.

The 12-month project of ISES - supported by the International Visegrad Fund - aims at creating a cross-sectoral network of stakeholders who are open to unconventional development ideas. The involvement of key people at key research and development institutions as partners in all V4 countries (architect, historian and regional development/NGO expert) ensures a multi-disciplinary approach. This, combined with intensive PR support, provides us with the capacities to reach out and mobilize communities, and open new perspectives for city and regional development. Thus, we hope to build a dynamic community that fosters and enhances creative thinking.

"The project tackles the potential of cultural heritage to inspire community life and strengthen local-regional participation and identity. The assemblies of small and medium sized cities of CEE could become the drivers of regional development, social-economic cohesion, innovation and creativity in a novel and complex way. Our aim is to build a strategic cooperation in a multi-stakeholder V4 network. Best practices are collected, exchanged and promoted among stakeholders."
"As a reflection on global transformations and the increasing global crisis, there is an obvious attempt and need for a paradigm shift. As complex strategic thinking takes momentum and takes the shape of new approaches, experts of various fields need to be connected. Regional development strategies therefore need to be reconsidered from the angle of social and economic cohesion and sustainability in most regions of the Visegrad countries.
The Creative Cities - Sustainable Region concept offers an alternative to mainstream development strategies based on local and regional creativity and innovation potential. It focuses on the creation, accumulation and dissemination of new knowledge, interconnected with the management of cultural heritage, the accumulation and investment of social and relational capital.
The 12-month project of ISES - supported by the International Visegrad Fund - aims at creating a cross-sectorial network of stakeholders who are open to unconventional development ideas. The involvement of key people of key research and development institutions as partners in all V4 countries (architect, historian and regional development/NGO expert) ensures a multi-disciplinary approach. This, combined with interactive PR support, provides us with the capacities to reach out and mobilize communities, and open new perspectives for city and regional development. Thus, we hope to build a dynamic community that fosters and enhances creative thinking.
Meetings (workshops and conferences) organized mainly to develop the trust and understanding of each other's work, and to exchange best practices and ideas. To reach out and involve other groups in the network we will use our press relations and ICT: a website, electronic publication and a social media page on Facebook."
“The project aims to mobilize a variety of actors to be directly involved in the project: researchers of various disciplines, NGOs (with development, urban, environmental, culture and local heritage orientation), Public-Private-Partnerships for regional, local development, SMEs, cities and their networks, think tanks and opinion leaders. Another target group is the media.
Indirect beneficiaries are the local communities who would see a new form and higher quality community life emerging that is sustainable and inspires local solutions based on the experience of others. There is a cross-fertilization effect with the Cultural Heritage Management course at ISES (supported by the VUSG), ensuring that education and implementation exchange information directly."
"There will be a network of experts as a result of recent project from diverse background in the Visegrad countries that are dedicated to the concept of Creative City. This results in stronger cooperation in different research areas, such as architecture, sociology, regional development, urban- and cultural management, history, arts, etc. This will be measured by an increase in research cooperation (common research projects), cultural exchange (common events) and student exchange programs.
The project will be considered successful if the network will operate a supported/liked Facebook page and we could reach out to all V4 countries the possible partners of different research fields."
"The Creative Expert Network would continue its work via social media, and the collected background materials will be publicly available and further updated on the project page at the website of ISES.
The Cultural Heritage Management course at ISES will utilize and later expand the Best Practice Collection produced during this one-year project. In case this project is successful we will continue the coordination of the expert network, organize further events, scientific exchanges among the V4 members and initiate joint research programs.
The knowledge production during the project will provide a solid basis for the plans of ISES to become a hub of the network and a centre of these new disciplines."
The project of Creative Cities experts' network is an integral part of the programme and tasks of ISES and its cooperation plans too. This year a platform cooperation of different doctoral programmes of Hungarian universities was launched. Our experts have an opportunity to join the doctoral research programmes, and to extend them to other universities of the region.
Main events and outcomes of the project:

Kick-off meeting, 3 July 2012, Kőszeg
 
Project meeting and workshop,
11 October, 2012, Kőszeg
 
Creative Cities Visegrad Expert Network

Kreatív városok és fenntarthatóság

Online workshop, 4 April, 2013

Workshop, 10 May 2013

Conference, 25-26 June, 2013