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The role of cultural development in urban strategy : The hub city of Asian culture in Gwangju, Korea

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  • The role of cultural development in urban strategy
  • Park, Geuntae
  • University of Leicester


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Title The role of cultural development in urban strategy
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The hub city of Asian culture in Gwangju, Korea

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Park, Geuntae

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[Leicester, U.K.] : University of Leicester

Date 2014
Pages 281
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Others
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This thesis investigates the role of cultural development in urban strategy. In particular, it reflects on the application of Western-developed theories and practices of cultural planning to culture-led urban developments in Asian cities. Through the case study of the Hub City of Asian Culture project in Gwangju, Korea by employing documentary analysis and supplementary semi-structured intervews, the thesis investigates cultural and urban policies, the background and process of the project delivery, the ways the project has affected change in the city, and future challenges for Gwangju.\ud The thesis identifies four key characteristics of culture-led urban development projects: these are, the emergence of most large scale culture-led urban developments out of a longer history of culturally focused planning and policy, the centrality of city image change as a key driver, as well as the pursuit of economic impact, and the engagement of local communities as, at least, an important discourse in the development and implementation of such projects. (The rest omitted)