ABSTRACT

The physical manifestation of the Creative City has been exemplified through the detailing of Cultural Quarters and Media Cities, but they represent the more 'identifiable' instances of 'creative urbanism'. The Creative City has an inability to produce creative urban spaces that encourages alternative, vernacular and 'other' forms of creative practices. As the many critiques of the creativity discourse have argued, the economic determinism is self-serving; the more the idea spreads around the world, the more instrumental and vacuous the notion of creativity becomes. Any attempts to reconfigure the creativity policy discourse itself via political economic interventions will only serve to be categorised as 'innovations' in the Creative City paradigm and feed into the replicative model of Creative City urban development. The ideology of the Creative City is in systemic need of variations, tweaks and alterations to the urbanisation process in order to maintain its aura of novelty and uniqueness that make it so compelling to urban governments.