The Creative City: Reconsidering Past and Current Approaches from the Nomocratic Perspective

  • Stefano CozzolinoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 100)


This paper reconsiders the idea of the creative city in light of the nomocratic perspective and provides critical reflections on past and current practices. The main argument is that planning should not be based on direct intervention to create a creative city (for instance, by supporting certain economic activities or boosting the attractiveness of specific neighborhoods or places), but rather it should enable its spontaneous emergence by creating the conditions in which creativity can be expressed and experimented in space by the largest part of civil society.


Creative city Nomocratic planning Spontaneous order 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban DevelopmentAachenGermany

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