The economics of the creative city: iconic architecture and the urban experience

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One feature of Sydney's cultural landscape is its Opera House, notable not just for its role in the city's artistic life, but also because its distinctive silhouette has become a symbol of Sydney recognised around the world. How does such iconic architecture contribute to the notion of a creative city? In this chapter I discuss this question by comparing the Sydney case with two other cities where spectacular cultural institutions have become an integral part of the urban fabric, namely Bilbao in northern Spain and Los Angeles in California. Being an economist, I interpret the role of these cultural facilities in economic terms, within the context of the creative city idea.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTalking about Sydney
Subtitle of host publicationpopulation, community and culture in contemporary Sydney
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherUniversity of NSW Press and the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780868409382
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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