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Projective Cities: Organizing Large Cultural Development Initiatives
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2015 (English)In: Culture and Growth: Magical Companions or Mutually Exclusive Counterparts? / [ed] Britta Lundgren and Ovidiu Matiu, Sibiu: Lucian Blaga University Press , 2015, Vol. 7, 44-68 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cities are the dynamic places within which living, working and playing is performed for over fifty per cent of the global population. In recent years, organization scholars who study cities have become interested in the way organizing is translated into ongoing actions and how these actions are assembled in the city context. This paper describes city development as a situated practice and proposes a conceptual vocabulary comprehensive enough to incorporate the complexity of such strategic endeavours as the performing of a ‘city of culture’. Our group of researchers followed the materialization of a large developmental-cultural initiative, attempting to understand how organizing and strategizing were shaped in the context of this initiative. As a way of analysing ongoing actions, we refused to treat the city as a stable and separate entity; rather, we saw the city as a meshwork: heterogeneous assemblies emerging on its terrain. Public and private initiatives worked in tandem, in concert and contest, and were repeatedly translated into projectified practices. Projectifying and projecting city development could thereby be described as an attempt to shape and form what we call projective cities. A projective city comprises multiple projects, multiple arenas and multiple forces – not always co-created in harmony with its citizens.

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Sibiu: Lucian Blaga University Press , 2015. Vol. 7, 44-68 p.
, University Network of the European Capital of Cultures (UNEECC FORUM), ISSN 2068-2123 ; 7
Keyword [en]
projective cities, meshworks, culture-driven growth, narrative dualites
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Other Social Sciences
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-115272OAI: diva2:899888
Eighth Interdisciplinary Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture, Umeå, Sweden, October 23-24, 2014
Strategi, design och organisering i städers utvecklingsprocesser
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2016-02-02 Created: 2016-02-02 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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