Are Innovation and Creative Districts New Scenarios for Sustainable Urban Planning? Bogota, Medellin, and Barranquilla as Case Studies

Ana Elena Builes Velez, Lina Maria Escobar Ocampo, Claudia Alejandra Villamil-Mejia

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Creative and innovation districts are focused on boosting local economies. However, they also pay attention to the global scale since this local identity of the Orange Economies gives them added value and competitiveness globally, as well as international projection and visibility of products, services, and new technologies associated with creativity and innovation. Thus, this study reviews three case studies of the cities of Barranquilla, Bogota, and Medellin in Colombia, seeking to characterize the creative and innovation districts. The methodology used is strictly qualitative, resorting to the characterization of the polygons and the analysis of public policies. This study describes the general aspects of creative and innovation districts in Colombia. Then, it identifies the forces for CD and ID development in three Colombian cities and the drivers for urban sustainable transformation. The main purpose of this study is to understand if innovation and creative districts are new scenarios for sustainable urban planning.
Translated title of the contribution¿Son la innovación y los distritos creativos nuevos escenarios para la planificación urbana sostenible? Bogotá, Medellín y Barranquilla como casos de estudio
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 16
Number of pages16
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number7
StatePublished - 8 Apr 2024

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  • creative districts
  • innovation districts
  • orange economy
  • public policy

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  • Artículos de investigación con calidad A1 / Q1

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