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Urban regeneration and culture: the case of Nantes – France

On March 12th, 2015, I was among the speakers of the conference “Cultural crossovers” in the frame of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This event featured several contributions about the impact of cultural and creative industry crossovers for the development of the national economy, innovations and the well-being of society.

The gathering, in Riga (Latvia), raised awareness of the potential of cultural and creative industry crossovers as an input for the development of other sectors such as the economy, technologies and social innovation, to foster social cohesion and cultural diversity, and to boost smart urban planning and regional development with the objective of prmoting the well-being of society.

I brought the example of Nantes and the regeneration of its former industrial area, the Island of Nantes, one of the biggest inner-city redevelopment projects in Europe. My intervention is available on this video on Youtube.

The conference took place during the “Radi!” 2015 Annual Creativity Week. On the website of Radi, it is available an interview (in Latvian) where I underlined the important role of European cooperation in the process of urban regeneration.


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