By Renard Teipelke
“The Global City Indicators Facility provides an established set of city indicators with a globally standardized methodology that allows for global comparability of city performance and knowledge sharing.”
This web-based relational database website, Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF), is based at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design of the University of Toronto in Canada and has on its executive committees both officials (partly elected politicians) from cities of various size and region and representatives from international organizations such as UN-Habitat or ICLEI.
The indicator themes are organized in two main categories:
- City services: education, finance, recreation, governance, energy, transportation, wastewater, fire and emergency response, health, safety, solid waste, urban planning, water.
- Quality of life: civic engagement, economy, shelter, culture, environment, social equity, technology and innovation
By Renard Teipelke
The expert seemed quite outraged hearing my question about Frankfurt am Main’s reputation as an economically strong capital of finance that lacks the alternative style and subcultural creativity of Berlin. I moved from Germany’s capital city to Frankfurt last year and have since then engaged various people in discussions about the cities’ different image and ‘urban atmosphere’. This time, we talked to an expert who works for the business incubator and creativity center of Frankfurt, MAINRAUM, and thus must have a biased take on the issue. Nevertheless, she brought up various aspects that I would like to share with you, because I think that her arguments (even though not totally new) are a fine example for understanding a city government’s perspective on the “creative city” debate. They might also convince some of the readers to readjust their picture of Frankfurt and Berlin (as well as similar cities). Continue reading
by Ares Kalandides
There has been a relatively comforting silence recently around the creative class, the creative city and the creative economy. The embarrassing hurrahs of the past ten years seem to have settled into a murmur. People and discourses have moved on and the question today is rather to find what is left of the old hype, what can be useful in future research or policy and what can finally rest in peace at the bottom of our waste-paper baskets. So when the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University in Berlin announces that Peter Marcuse will give a lecture on “The Creative City”, the hope is obviously that this old veteran of engaged academia will take the terms apart and show us what we can keep and what not. And that is indeed what he set out to do last evening: Continue reading