Seminar: Creative milieus and open spaces – development of Live-Work-Environments in the North Sea Region
In August 2009, a number of vacant historical buildings located in the ”Gängeviertel”, an area of approx. 8000m² in the city centre of Hamburg, were squatted by 200 creatives in order to avoid their demolition. An initiative was founded which together with the involved departments of the city successfully developed a concept for the area which combines spaces for housing, work and for the public.
How did this process work? What barriers needed to be passed before the concept finally was approved? What are the experiences from other cities in the North Sea region with regard to the development of Live-Work Environments for creatives? These among other questions will be discussed in this transnational seminar held as part of the Interreg IVB North Sea region Project ”Creative City Challenge”.
The seminar will discuss Live-Work Enviromments as a means to support creativity and innovation and showcase some of the current initiatives taking place in cities across the North Sea Region.
It will point to different perspectives in the process of developing and implementing Live-Work Environments and focus on barriers and challenges in this regard. Apart from Hamburg, examples from different partner cities will be presented to show various apporaches on how to develop Live-Work Environments in a regonal context to foster the development of the creative sector.
The seminar will be of special interest to representatives from local and regional authorities in charge of urban and spatial planning, city and regional development agencies, officials in charge of creativity, businesses in the creativity and innovation branches, academics working in the field and people interested in creativity and innovation support.