Date: Monday, 22 May 2017, 07:00 pm
Location: at the Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
  • Charles Landry, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
  • interviewed by Marc Pachter, former Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American History


The Creative City idea was invented in the late 1980s by Charles Landry and became a global movement for good and for bad. Its central aim originally was how in a world of dramatic change, cities could create the conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and create opportunities. Initially it had a focus on arts and cultural activities as primary resources of urban reinvention and in time spread to consider social innovativeness and the creative bureaucracy.
The interview will discuss pressing questions: Is there still substance to the creative city notion and if so what has it achieved? Is the idea now over-hyped and empty? Is it merely now a marketing slogan for things and places that are not interesting? What has it achieved? Is Berlin a creative city? In which fields is Berlin uncreative?

Charles Landry is a world-renowned expert in city dynamics and planning and inventor of the Creative City concept, which he developed in the late 1980s. In 1978 Charles Landry founded Comedia, a highly respected globally oriented consultancy working in creativity, culture and urban change. His latest project is ‘The Civic City: Urbanity & citizenship in a nomadic world’ which brings together his work over the last decade including the concept of ‘civic urbanity’, ‘creative bureaucracy’ and ‘the management of fragility’.

Marc Pachter is a renowned interviewer and his TED Talk "The Art of the Interview" has had 700,000 views. He is former director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American History.

Please note that the event will be held in English.

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