Cities of Education, Science and Innovation, Culture and the Arts

  • Voula Mega


Cities are places of interactions and exchanges where people can greatly benefit from the experience of others to learn, interact and innovate. Their identity is defined by heritage and traditions, culture, science, and the arts. They also constitute forums of intercultural dialogue, places where patterns and lifestyles are collectively shaped before they are disseminated to the wider world. A sustainable city has to cultivate the seeds of freedom and offer a space to all for expressing their creativity and enhancing their abilities.

This chapter examines the role of intellectual and cultural resources as key assets for urban sustainability and presents a spectrum of inspiring actions to reinforce urban identity and make citizens proud of the places in which they live. Knowledge cities invest in education, and partnerships with universities and businesses provide valuable models for targeting investments towards world cities of excellence.

Cities are living heritages and legacies in which citizens project their hopes and desires for a better future. The urban cultural heritage is as important for humanity as exceptional rural natural sites. Arts in the city represent the ultimate expression of collective intelligence, imagination, and ingenuity. Many innovative actions focus on the cultural enhancement of urban spaces and the artistic creation that transforms everyday environments into unique experiences.


World Heritage Urban Space World Heritage Site High Street Creative Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Voula Mega
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  1. 1.BrusselsBelgium

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