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PLACE, SPACES, WORK: THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES IN LONDON
A new publication from Store X Publica
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Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London, 2017
The UK’s creative industries have become a remarkable example of innovation and resilience. The rise of this sector has been accompanied by a renewed sense of value for the role of culture in our cities, an increased interest in the study and practice of urbanism, and a greater appreciation for the complexity and diversity that characterises thriving places.
Through research, mapping, photography and illustration, Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London explores where, why and how creative production thrives in the city, and the facts behind one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy.
This publication reveals that if London is to retain its competitive edge, its creative talent, and its vibrancy, current development models and policies must evolve. The creative industries in London require investment in education, digital and physical infrastructure, innovative models of development and tailored policies. Creative practitioners need access to markets, clients and networks, as well as room for experimentation and affordable spaces.
This is the moment for decision-makers in both the public and private sectors to ensure creative production and culture are supported, to make them central to new development and policy, and to take a hard look at what works and what is needed for them to continue to flourish. Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London is intended as a compelling and engaging resource for debate and discussion.
The publication is presented in three parts. ‘Place’ is an atlas that maps the locations of the creative industries in London, showing the civic and cultural activities that surround them, the proximity of these places to the centre of the city, and the significance of clustering.
‘Spaces’ presents illustrated case studies of buildings and neighbourhoods that house the creative industries and the adaptive reuse of existing building stock for creative workspaces.
In London, three typologies of space and architecture are studied that have come to exemplify adaptive reuse. Examples in Berlin are explored for comparison - a city that offers a huge range of spaces for creative appropriation and increasingly defines its economy on this basis. A survey of innovative spaces from around the world highlights the trend for mixed uses and collaborative programming in the creative working environment.
'Work’ unpacks the value of the creative sector to the UK economy and major factors that will affect its future success, from education to international trends in digitisation and co-working spaces. ‘Work’ brings together recent data, comment and debate on the challenges facing the sector, and reaffirms the urgency of maintaining progress, access to networks and opportunity for creative industry workers.
A tool to inspire change
On 22 February 2018, Publica held an event with Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, for 100 guests from the public, private and creative industries sectors. The event convened leading experts to discuss critical issues facing the future of the creative industries in London and included an exhibition of the maps and drawings from Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London.