2005 Congress Report, Bilbao, Spain,
Making Space for the Creative Economy
The 41st ISOCARP Congress with the theme “Making Spaces for the Creative Economy” has hosted in the Basque city of Bilbao. The focus was on the transformations that some cities are facing as the result of the growing importance of what is known as the “creative economy”. During the three days of intense work and debate, highly experienced planners, urban stakeholders, economists and sociologists, policy scientists and politicians, as well as national and local city officials have brought to Bilbao their experiences and discuss one of the most actual issues in urban policy and local economic development. The participants have had the opportunity to be confronted to five interesting and contrasting keynote speakers – which have introduce the theme in their various perspectives – and contact with colleagues of 32 countries that have presented more than 90 papers, detailing the main subject of the Congress.
The main topics of the Congress were
1. How to re-invent cities to become “creative cities”?
2. How to shape urban space to become “Spaces for the Creative Economy”?
3. How to encourage smart communities and talented city administrations?