Creativity Manufactured

Digital Humanities + Asia

Jianmei Li

Creativity is an ambiguous concept. Both Richard Florida’s “The Rise of the Creative Class”[1] and Charles Landry’s “The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators”[2] explore the social aspects of creativity. Florida and Landry discuss creativity in an economic context and an urban plan context, respectively. These writers both explain creativity as a clear process that can be cultivated rather than a mystified inherent property. In addition, both focus on the promotion of creativity by establishing specific environments within communities and businesses. Besides their constructive understanding of creativity, there are also appear to be some contradictions that may arise in the implementation of their ideas that raise important questions about creativity and its use.

Reading Florida and Landry encourages viewing creativity as a non-mysterious trait that can be analyzed and cultivated. Florida discusses creativity as a property that emerges from the mundane need for food…

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The Times eyes Charleston

Architecture Here and There

Queen Street in Charleston. (charlestondailyphoto.blogspot.com) Queen Street in Charleston. (charlestondailyphoto.blogspot.com)

The ship of state is famously hard to turn. One oped criticizing modern architecture does not a candidate for membership in the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art make. The New York Times remains a stalwart of the establishment on matters architectural. Evidence for this fact was abundant in its story last week by Richard Fausset, “In Stately Charleston, the New Buildings on the Block Are Struggling to Fit In.”

Bias in favor of modern architecture is baked into the story so deeply that the writer is probably unaware of it. Fact is, the new buildings proposed for Charleston are not struggling to fit in. They are trying not to fit in. The original headline was “As Its Economy Grows, Charleston Is Torn Over Its Architectural Future.” Charleston is not torn over its architectural future. Its law requires a preference for architecture that…

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