Tools & Methods

What Cultural Planning is about?

Cultural planing is about increasing participation
in cities and countering:

Differences in status: Elite residential aras, slums, suburbs etc. (Peter Marcuse, 2002)

Cultural divisions: parts of cities idenitifes by ethnic. language, national descent or style

Divisions by functional role: residential areas, industrial arfeas or for specific trades

The cultural planning approach is closely linked
to a number of key elements:

  • Using the neighborhood (physical/infrastructure) and the community (human/cultural) as a human framework for strategic change – this approach covers both the aspect of engagement, of resources, of identity and of sharing responsibility and ownership of the program.
  • Using the enabling capacity of cultural processes, creative industries and of cultural magnates and attractions to form and boost the identity of communities and to communicate a process of change which can engage the larger community.
  • Using arts and culture to stimulate innovation and to engage communities with creative processes and thus generating social innovation and using co-creation and knowledge exchange.
  • Interpreting the need to create sustainable cities as something that needs to be based on a culture of sharing resources, skill-sharing, sharing of visions and sharing of environment and urban infrastructure.

Cultural Mapping (CM)

The role and methodology of CM and individual mapping formats with stakeholders/artists and community to create a common knowledge platform covering character, identity, resources of the neighborhood/town.


Creating a common platform and process to imagine future state of society/neighborhood and to explore possibilities of change through artistic, gaming, digital tools.


The formation of open inclusive design and co-creative processes to design concrete projects with specific user groups/neighborhood groups e.g. children/youths, examples of organizing projects / programs for culturally driven change.

Implementing and Managing

The on-going process of sustaining and connecting with the community and city/stakeholders and external partners and the (self)management of complex projects with multiple stakeholders.

Anchoring / Diffusion / Learning strategy

Sustainability (social, urban, resources) as the key to securing a long term ‘legacy’ and integrating the project into strategic programs of the city / region business models. How to ensure dissemination and learning of cultural planning?

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