Introduction to the special issue

Alf Rehn, Ann Rippin


First paragraph: We live in the age of the city, an age where urbanism is both the state in which most of us live, and the state that is promised to bring untold riches and development to us all. The city has been hailed as everything from mankind’s greatest invention (Glaeser 2011) to mankind’s very savior (Owen 2009), and looking to the world of construction and development there seems to be no end to the fanciful projects that aim to showcase the power of urbanity to reshape, reengineer and reimagine the world. Key in all this outpouring of great things from the collection of concrete and cafés that is the contemporary metropolis is creativity, or more precisely the kind of creativity that emerges out of the hustle and bustle of the urban condition. Reading what is written on the creative city (see e.g. Landry 2008), one can even come away with a feeling of creativity being all but impossible in any other setting, one devoid of the plethora of connections and fortuitous serendipity that is supposed to characterize the city today. ... continuation in the paper

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Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413