Congress RigaBecause the world is changing rapidly and is facing insistent climate, energy, social and economic challenges, Creativity and Innovation are needed more than ever. If people have to be more creative, so do place, cities and territories, where now the majority of the world population is living. After the INTA Congress in Belfast that anticipated on the conditions and factors of change, the INTA32 Congress was a step further in providing policy makers, urban actors, public and private entrepreneurs with information and shared experiences, management tools and responses to these challenges.

INTA32 Congress addressed in a single exciting programme priority policies issues and offering views on the management of today's most significant factors that support urban and territorial development: Creativity, Competitiveness & Area Development.

Competitiveness, Cooperation and Cohesion
Globalisation and the shift towards a knowledge-based economy have important effects on territorial competitiveness. Territorial projects foster new forms of cooperation that bring public and private actors closer to each other. What are the appropriate forms of territorial cooperation?


Creativity, Culture and Territorial Attractiveness
Today's cities have to attract people, attention and investment. However, a creative city needs smart spatial development in terms of interactions with landscape, places and people. Large-scale cultural and creative projects play a crucial role in the attractiveness of territories. Communities are focusing on the integration of innovation, social entrepreneurship, culture, arts and business to make vibrant environments. How do culture and economy connect? How do culture and social cohesion connect? Which measures motivate cities to be creative?


Area Development: Managing Large Scale Development
Area development is the all encompassing process integrating energy efficiency, transport and traffic, waste and landscape, innovative forms of functional mix at the appropriate governance scale. Only then cities and territories can reposition themselves in the world competition. The strategic management of territories is about the quality of public governance, the capacity to formulate appropriate strategies as well as the ability to offer innovative services to populations and economic partners.

INTA32 Congress in Riga provided guidelines for urban practitioners to turn constraints into development opportunities.


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