Reative Clusters & Gentrification with focus on the Hoxton area in London

3,000 a 3,500 word essay by the deadline of 12 May 2014 at 4pm:

Choose at least ONE of the following critical perspectives/topics studied on the module - global cities; ordinary cities; art world cultures; subcultures; creative clusters -and use it to analyse Hoxton Square.

This week we will focus on the notion of creative clusters linking issues of place, work and identity in the cultural economy. How do creative people work in cities? In which city areas do creative businesses locate? What are the advantages of working closely with others from a similar industry sector? We will also explore the relating concepts of creative milieu, creative class and creative cities.

Required reading:
Mommaas, H. (2004) Cultural clusters and the post-industrial city: towards the remapping of urban cultural policy, Urban Studies, 41:3, 507 a 532.

Scott, A. J. (2006) Creative Cities: Conceptual Issues and Policy Questions, Journal of Urban Affairs, 28 (1), pp. 1-17.

Additional Reading

Lash, S. & Urry, J. (1994) a?Accumulating signs: the culture industriesa, in: Lash, S. & Urry, J. (1994) Economies of signs and space. London, Sage. pp. 111-143.

Power, D. and Scott, A. (eds) (2004) Cultural industries and the production of culture, Oxon: Routledge. Read Introduction: a?A prelude to cultural industries and the production of culturea, pp. 3-15.

Florida, R. L. (2004) Cities and the creative class, London: Routledge.

Oakley, K. (2004) a?Not so cool Britannia: The role of the creative industries in economic developmenta, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(1), pp. 67-77.

Scott, A. (1999) a?The cultural economy: geography and the creative fielda. Media, Culture & Society, 21:6. pp. 807-817.

Montgomery, J. (2004) Cultural quarters as mechanisms for urban regeneration. Part 2: a review of four cultural quarters in the UK, Ireland and Australia, Planning Practice and Research, 19:1, pp. 3 a 31.

Zukin, S. (1995) The cultures of cities. Oxford, Blackwell. Chapter 1.

You are advised to focus on one, or two, of these topics in depth. Your answer should show a detailed critical understanding of the particular concepts under discussion, and should also be related to a range of other concepts and texts encountered throughout the module.