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Authors:Catharina Thörn: Department of Culture, Aesthetics and Media, Göteborg University, Sweden
Publication title:"Dressed for success": Entrepreneurial cities; sports and public space
Conference:The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25–29 October; 2006
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:020
Article No.:007
Abstract:Changes underway in the global economy have changed the governance of cities where private and public partnerships plays a central role in planning the city. Cities must market themselves in order to attract investments; tourism and not least; the creative class. Public spaces in the city centres are increasingly seen as integral parts of regeneration strategies focused on developing positive images. One of the most obvious changes is the turn towards so-called cultural strategies that range from the promotion of cultural gentrification to the implementation of various "quality-of-life projects." All of these strategies attach great importance to design and visual symbols. For former industrial cities bigger events such as for example sports championships play an important role in the transformation to post-industrial cities. This article discusses how public space of the city centre of Göteborg was used during the European Athletic Championship 2006 to market Göteborg as a city. The article ends up with a discussion of the meaning of public space in the age of entrepreneurialism.
Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:11
Pages:67–77
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/020/007/ecp072007.pdf
Available:2007-03-06
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Catharina Thörn (2006). "Dressed for success": Entrepreneurial cities; sports and public space, The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25–29 October; 2006 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=020;article=007 (accessed 10/21/2014)