Journal article

Creative Multiplicities: Urban Morphologies of Creative Clustering

S Wood, K Dovey

Journal of Urban Design | Routledge | Published : 2015


While the geography of ‘creative cities’ is widely explored, the urban morphology of creative clustering within cities is relatively ignored. This paper excavates the morphological properties and capacities of creative clustering through Australian case studies with a series of mappings informed by assemblage theory. Such clusters are characterized by synergies that emerge from a ‘mix of mixes’—a mixed morphology linked to a multiplicity of functions (production, exchange, reproduction, recreation) and socio-economic mix. The ‘buzz’ or ‘atmosphere’ of a creative cluster is the emergent effect produced through an intensive co-functioning of people, practices, identities, spaces and built form..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded in part by Australian Research Council Project DP0,987,867. The authors wish to thank Sanaz Alian for tireless work on the maps, and Simon Wollan for his critique of an earlier draft of this paper.