Andy Pratt: Athena’s Mirror: Culture, Creativity, Cities, Contradictions

Paolo Fresco Lecture – Bocconi University

Athena’s Mirror: Culture, Creativity, Cities, Contradictions

5 March 2013

Bocconi University – Seminar Room AS03  –  floor -2 – Via Roentgen 1, Milan

06:00  pm – 08:00 pm 

Welcome Addresses:
Stefano Baia Curioni –  Vice President, ASK – Università Bocconi
Guest Speaker:
Andy Pratt – Kings College, London
Joseph Grima – Director Domus Magazine

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Andy Pratt , Professor of Culture, Media and Economy, and Director of the Master Creative Cities at the Kings College in London, has held academic appointments previously at Coventry University (Planning and Local Economic Development), Staffordshire University (Geography), University College London (Bartlett School of Planning), London School of Economics (Geography, and Urban Research Centre) 1998-2009.  Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Andy Pratt has advised UNESCO and UNCTAD on policy, as well as many national and urban governments. Andy has worked, amongst others, as a consultant or advisor for the London Development Agency, South East Development Agency, the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Department of Trade and Industry, NESTA. Outside the UK: Hong Kong SAR, Barcelona, Catalunya, Bilbao; the EU, UNESCO, and UNCTAD.

In the lecture Andy Pratt will consider what creative cities are imagined to be, as well as what they actually are as challenge for policy makers. Overall, the paper seeks to create a platform for a more nuanced and subtle approach to creativity, culture and cities: one that is situated and not universal. It seeks to map out an approach that is concerned not simply with the growth possibilities, but also redistributive strategies. In so doing it questions whether can we conceive of creative cities as a truly progressive field of policy and practice

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