The use of cultural clusters as an urban regeneration tool
Kop van Zuid
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AbstractUrban regeneration is a holistic approach that combines economic, social, physical and environmental aspects in the redevelopment of declined urban sites. This Master's Degree Project looks at the use of cultural clusters as a tool for waterfront urban regeneration. This approach rests on the notion that culture is recognised as a broad 'way of life' and that cultural resources are used as economic and urban development devices. An evolution of waterfront urban regeneration is outlined that culminates with various ways in which culture has led the process. Two in depth case studies are presented, Manchester's Salford Quays and Rotterdam's Kop van Zuid, which demonstrate a successful long-term approach to regeneration. It is found that the cultural clusters created within these two developments through place-positioning strategies, cultural industry promotion, and synergy creation has allowed the schemes to project themselves on a global stage attracting investment, residents, and visitors to the respective sites and cities. Canada's experience in urban regeneration has been quite limited. Drawing on the lessons from the case studies, the MDP provides a set of planning policy recommendations to Canadian municipalities emphasizing the need to pursue comprehensive culture-led regeneration through partnerships with businesses and communities.
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