Designing the Dragon or Does the Dragon Design? An Analysis of the Impact of the Creative Industry on the Process of Urban Development of Beijing, China

37 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2010

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Jan van der Borg

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Erwin van Tuijl

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Alessandro Costa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February, 26 2010

Abstract

After reading Richard Florida’s work (e.g. Florida, 2003) on the creative industry and on the importance of the creative class for urban development in post-industrial economies, many cities in Europe and the USA have started to invest in creativity in general and in design in particular. Much less is known about the role of creativity in industrial economies (Pratt and Jeffcutt, 2009). This paper analyses the role of design in the economic and social development of China’s political and cultural capital Beijing. We will try to identify the main success factors and barriers for the design business and show how design can be further used for social and economic development of the city. Backed up by conspicuous state investments and by fast decision making, industrial areas have been transformed and neighbourhoods have been revitalised, infrastructure has been upgraded, and some modern iconic landmarks are added to the collection of old monuments. Moreover, priority has changed from “Made in China” to “Create in China”, allowing economic activities to move upwards in the value chain. Nevertheless, and despite the presence of key research and art institutes, further developments of the design sector and the use of design in other (manufacturing) sectors will still be a huge challenge.

Keywords: Creative Industry, Design, Urban Development, Industrial Economy, Beijing, China

JEL Classification: P21, R11, R30, R38, R53, Z11

Suggested Citation

van der Borg, Jan and Tuijl, Erwin van and COSTA, ALESSANDRO, Designing the Dragon or Does the Dragon Design? An Analysis of the Impact of the Creative Industry on the Process of Urban Development of Beijing, China (February, 26 2010). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper No. 03 /WP/2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1559764 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1559764

Jan Van der Borg (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

Erwin van Tuijl

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Zuid-Holland
Netherlands

ALESSANDRO COSTA

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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