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Innovation: Creativity as a Renewable Resource for the Eco-City

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Abstract

Cities need new strategies for conservation and climate change resilience that engage global narrators, unite diverse perspectives and mobilise an increasingly despondent public. This chapter examines community arts as a potential resource for the eco-city, including how incorporating creative perspectives into sustainability communication can open up new ways of thinking about how cities are reimagined for an ecological paradigm. Community arts can provide a unique platform for empowering communities across natural, constructed, economic and cultural systems, thereby contributing to the public’s knowledge and care of their local environment. Using a participatory design and theatre-making project as a case study (The Bower Stage, Armidale, Australia, 2016), the chapter demonstrates how incorporating both creative and ecological perspectives can enrich environmental citizenship and connection for the eco-city.

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  • Ecoscenography
  • Eco-theatre
  • Community arts
  • Participatory design
  • Ecodrama
  • Place-making

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Beer, T., Curtis, D., Collins, J. (2018). Innovation: Creativity as a Renewable Resource for the Eco-City. In: Hes, D., Bush, J. (eds) Enabling Eco-Cities. Palgrave Pivot, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7320-5_3

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