Understanding Clustering in Creative-Knowledge Cities

Deepanjan Saha, Joy Sen


Creative-Knowledge Cities have been adopted as tools for urban-regeneration by many post-modern cities. This paper, initially, outlines the concept of creativity as ‘driver’ for urban development; and underlines the components of a creative economy. Further, it discusses the tendency of creative industries to cluster; and how such creative clusters begin to shape the urban morphology to a large extent. The paper argues that cities of today need to adopt a knowledge-driven planning process, based on its creative-capital. Case studies of two creative economic hubs from Kolkata – Kumartuli and Boipara - have been discussed exemplifying the clustering tendencies.


creative industries; clustering; creative-knowledge cities; knowledge-driven planning

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