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About Charles Landry

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. 

Charles Landry é uma autoridade internacional no uso da imaginação e da criatividade na área da mudança urbana. Inventou o conceito da Cidade Criativa no final da década de 1980. A ideia consiste em determinar como as cidades podem criar as condições propícias para as pessoas e organizações para pensar, planejar e agir com imaginação para resolver problemas e desenvolver oportunidades.

Articles by Charles Landry

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Should we close our worlds? Or open them out?

Cities need an overarching, positive narrative that binds all people to where they live, and where day to day behaviour and activities connect well with civic life. Interview. 

Novas ideias precisam de edifícios antigos

A Criatividade é um recurso renovável, o Património não. Potenciar a criatividade dos cidadãos é um processo de empoderamento, mas não devemos esquecer que novas ideias precisam de edifícios antigos. Entrevista English

New ideas need old buildings

Creativity is a renewable resource, heritage is not. Unleashing the creativity of citizens is an empowering process, but we should not forget that new ideas need old buildings. Interview Português

Experiencing the city anew

Roger Scruton and Sophie Jeffreys are right that a planning process which fits people’s needs must be aesthetic rather than only economic or technical. But people seek novelty as well as coherence in their urban experience. The static certainties of classicism cannot contain modern longings. We must make cities feel, and be, ‘creative’.
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