Creative Urban Milieus: Historical Perspectives on Culture, Economy, and the City

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Martina Hessler, Clemens Zimmermann
Campus Verlag, 2008 - 435 pages
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Fashion Week in Paris and London, the Venice Biennale, and the nineteenth-century Viennese scientific community may seem wildly disparate, but each represent the cultural possibilities of an international metropolis. Creative Urban Milieus is an interdisciplinary examination of the historical relationship between culture and the economy in such cities as Berlin, New York, Helsinki, London, Venice, and many others. This groundbreaking work investigates the contributions of the creative class to the urban renaissance, contextualized by historical examples from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Skeptical of the current euphoria surrounding the commercialization of culture, a distinguished group of contributors apply a comparative and historical perspective to probe how creative works have affected the global economy. Drawing on lessons from urban planning, art history, and cultural spectacles alike, Creative Urban Milieus will change the way we think about the symbiotic relationship between cities and innovation.

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Creative Urban Milieus Historical Perspectives on Culture Economy and the City
The Book and Art Trade in Venice and London
The Long Eighteenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Cultural Economy
The Cultural Economy of the Industrial City 18601920
Advertisers Commercial Artists and Photographers in Twentieth Century Hamburg
Grand Hotels as Urban Interzones around 1900
Fashion and the Transformation of Londons West End 1955 1975
Maritime Entertainment and Urban Revitalisation 19502000
The Making of Urban Tourism 18601914
Representation Materiality and Branding
Science Cities Creativity and Urban Economic Effects
Helsinki Examples of Urban Creativity and Innovativeness
What is the City but the People? Creative Cities beyond the Hype
Concepts and Failures
in Economic Wasteland Three Ways of Making Sense of a Cultural Economy in Berlin at the Beginning of the Twentyfirst Century

Queen of the Arts Exhibitions Festivals and Tourism in Fascist Venice 19221945
Economic Effects of Urban Cultural Policy in the Interwar Period in France and Germany

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Martina Heßler is professor of cultural history and history of technology at the Offenbach Academy of Arts and Design in Main, Germany.
Clemens Zimmerman is professor of cultural history and media history at Saarlandes University, Germany.

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