Laurel Canyon

How Urban Form Created Classic Rock

A great many factors converged to create the culture and music of the 1960s. A powerful, but often overlooked, factor was the Los Angeles neighborhood of Laurel Canyon. A new documentary provides a case study in urban creativity.

August 30, 2020 - Common Edge Collaborative

'50s Researchers Saw Architects as Key to Understanding Creativity

What would Richard Neutra do with a third arm? UC Berkeley researchers once asked him that and more, for science.

July 20, 2016 - 99% Invisible

Tin Pan Alley in London

Small Clubs Make Creative Hubs: the Importance of Live Music Venues

Cities like London are losing their creative edge because the small music venues that foster it are being pushed out.

September 17, 2015 - The Guardian

Kanye West at SXSW 2009 Perez Hilton Party

Kanye West Delivers Desktop Pep Talk at Harvard GSD

Musician and aspiring designer Kanye West stopped by Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for a surprise visit Sunday evening and delivered what Jenny Xie calls a manifesto on architecture.

November 18, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

5 Pointz New York

Are Cities Killing Their Creative Edge in the Quest for More Revenue?

As the world's centers of business and politics compete to create ever more lucrative commercial and residential zones, creative spaces are being razed and redeveloped. Is the ability to nurture creativity and diversity being lost in the process?

June 15, 2013 - Urban Times

How Do Cities Foster Creativity?

Jonah Lehrer, author of a best-selling new book on how creativity works, is interviewed by the perfect figure to discuss the intersection of creativity and cities -- Richard Florida.

May 3, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

A Broader Look at Creativity in the World's Top Cities

Top livable cities may be be good for families or corporations, but they don't often fuel or enable creativity the way their listers think they do, according to this piece.

May 28, 2011 - Future of Business

Providence's New 'Brand' Not Needed

Providence, Rhode Island, is rebranding itself as the "Creative Capital." This op-ed argues the city doesn't need a brand, rather it needs to return to the aesthetic values that made it beautiful and successful in the '90s.

April 12, 2009 - The Providence Journal

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