48th European Regional Science Association (ERSA) Congress, Liverpool, England, 27 - 31 August 2008
Like the case throughout the world, due to the
changing economic, environmental and social conditions as well as the dynamic
human needs the notion of urban regeneration employs the urban planning agenda
increasingly. Current era of globalisation and the trend of free movement in
Europe, on the other hand, encourage the interaction between the European
states and societies, enabling the cultural similarities and differences be
used as a tool for strengthening this interaction.
At this point culture has been reinvented as a triggering, evoking and attractive instrument within the framework of urban regeneration policies and programmes. This is primarily because culture, with its social, physical and economic dimensions can be a critical focus for effective and sustainable urban regeneration.
The aim of this paper is to examine culture’s
contribution to urban regeneration in the European context, particularly
through the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) programme as an important
culture-led urban regeneration catalyst, in order to derive lessons for