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freekk on Fri, 4 Jun 2004 10:55:11 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] boekpresentatie en debat creatieve stad



Beste mensen,

Hierbij willen wij jullie uitnodigen voor de presentatie van het boek: easyCity.
Interventies in de verscheurde stad van De Vrije Ruimte.

easyCity is een zorgeloze stad vol gemak en comfort. Een stad waarin iedereen
zich onmiddellijk thuis voelt omdat het er precies zo is als overal elders.
easyCity is een internationaal fenomeen dat vanaf eind vorige eeuw in razend
tempo de aardbol heeft veroverd. Voortgedreven door creativiteit, snelheid,
winst, consumptiedrift, angst en controle  heeft ze elke grens overschreden, alle
weerstand overwonnen en vrijwel elk verzet gebroken. Haar logo bevindt zich
inmiddels op elke straathoek. Haar aanwezigheid is totaal.
Is het nog mogelijk in deze door commercie en angst gedomineerde stad te
interveniëren? Het boek easyCity onderzoekt de mogelijkheden en laat enkele
pogingen zien.

Het boek is een neerslag van en vervolg op de guerrilla-expositie easyCity die in
oktober 2002 in een speciaal voor de expositie gekraakt winkelpand in de
Kinkertstraat in Amsterdam plaatsvond. Zie: http://www.vrijeruimte.nl/easycity/

De boekpresentatie vindt plaats voorafgaande aan onderstaand debat over de
creatieve stad dat de Vrije Ruimte in samenwerking met Inura-Amsterdam
organiseert. Sharon Zukin zal het debat met en lezing openen.

De presentatie en het debat vinden plaats  in de Plantage Doklaan 8-12 in
Amsterdam. Aanvang 20 uur. Toegang gratis. Voertaal: Engels

Tot dan!

Freek Kallenberg
De Vrije Ruimte



Public Debate: The Creative City: Culture or
Business?  Monday 14 June 2004, 20.00
Location: Plantage Doklaan 8-12 Amsterdam (www.plantagedok.nl) Key note
speaker: Sharon Zukin (Brooklyn College / City  University of New York)
Moderator: Robert Kloosterman (AMIDSt)  Co-referent: Jaap Draaisma (De
Vrije Ruimte)  Co-referent: Thomas Peutz (Smart Project Space)
Creative City
At the start of the twenty-first century ‘creativity’ has become the  new
catchword in debates on urban development. Nowadays, there  are growing
numbers of self-appointed creative cities concerned with  an indistinct
mixture of issues ranging from culture and art to  technological innovation
and creative urban planning. Underlying this  focus on creativity in urban
space is a concern with wider societal  transitions. Ever-larger shares of the
working population in western  economies are primarily engaged in creative
professions, in the  production of ideas rather than actual material goods.
Artists,  designers, university professors, writers, performers, but also 
researchers, consultants and engineers are all performing creative  jobs.
They are working on new ideas and concepts rather than along  the lines of
fully dictated templates.
In effect, creativity is increasingly ‘mainstreamed’ in the economy. It  is
increasingly seen as something to be stimulated and management  studies
show a growing range of guides to improve the creative  potential of firms,
working environments and employees. Most studies  emphasize a need for
openness, tolerance, diversity and a positive  attitude towards change and
deviation from prevailing standards. All  these elements are now
increasingly projected upon the character of  urban environments as well.
Creativity will only flourish, and creative  people will only flock to urban
environments that are open, tolerant,  diverse and that welcome change and
deviation.
Questions can be asked on the subject creative city:
    -What is the relation between local creative initiatives and  processes of
    globalisation?How can creative freezones or  broedplaatsen be
    stimulated or facilitated? Should they be  stimulated?

    -Does too much municipal regulation kill the creative potential  of those
    places?

    -

    -Is creativity now primarily the business of global players who  have
    ‘mainstreamed’ creativity in their organizations, or is there  still an
    important role for small-scale local initiatives?

    -Do freezones and broedplaatsen add to the openness,  tolerance and
    diversity of urban space?

    -What would creative urban planning look like? Are there  successful
    examples of creative planning?

    -How would creative planning transform the urban landscape  and the
    planning process?

    -Should planners devote to the development of open, tolerant  and
    diverse urban environments?

    -How could the continuity of creativity in urban space be  stimulated?

    -Why are there no signs of new counter-movements like the  ones that
    objected the establishment in the sixties, seventies and  early eighties?

    -

INURA-Amsterdam invites you to join us at the public debate on the  14th of
June.
http://www.inura.org/amsterdam/index.htm


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