UNESCO, through its Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, launched its Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in 2004, crowning Edinburgh as the first member in the field of literature. Since then, 180 cities in 72 countries have joined the creative network.
By joining the UCCN network, cities have recognized creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development.
This document, Creative Cities: Mapping creativity driven cities, aims to collect the experiences of UCCN cities that have developed successful projects to achieve urban transformation, social inclusion, economic development and cultural prosperity through creativity.
Therefore, in this document we present 12 best practices of the cities that participate in this network, divided into 4 categories. Budapest, Kobe and Parma show us what is the role of creativity in the promotion of social cohesion. On the other hand, cities like Ulyanovsk, Krakow and Ljubljana have used creativity to improve the public space and have tried to reach the compact city concept, while Bologna, Hangzhou and Dénia are developing the strategies to be coopetitive and at the same time people-centered. Finally, Puebla, Dunedin and Helsinki present how urban governance can become a "creative, multilevel and collaborative governance" to help cities perform better by learning from the past, creating the present and preparing for the future.