ABSTRACT

The Creative City paradigm demands space, urban space that is designed specifically for creative industry activity and manufactured primarily with the creative class in mind. This chapter deals with cities such as Leicester, Shanghai, Sheffield, Salford, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Seoul, Copenhagen and Sydney, but there are many, many others with similar developments. It discusses the private and commercial interests coupled with the urgency of urban councils to stimulate economic activity allows for 'models' of zoned Creative City areas to be created. The 'quartering' or 'zoning' of creativity in the way is an instrumental process of the Creative City ideal, in so far as it is mirrors the process of urbanisation. The subjugation of public ownership of urban space for private control is one of the spatial manifestations of the increase in urban entrepreneurialism. Spatial control, as Lefebvre noted, is a key instrument in the hegemonic politics of urbanisation: Space has become for the state a political instrument of primary importance.