A Cultural Turn in Planning

Building on the idea that creativity and culture can be a generator of economic growth, local governments are directing investment toward new cultural industries and districts, including public spaces whose cultural amenities are intended to harmonize different social interests and improve the quality of urban life. A flurry of recent data highlights this global economic shift. Figures published by UNCTAD in May 2013, for instance, show that world trade of creative goods and services totalled a record US$624 billion in 2011 and that it more than doubled from 2002 to 2011. The average annual growth rate during that period was 8.8 per cent. Read the full blog post