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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