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Ingo Bader


Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS)
TU Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, TEL 3-0
10587 Berlin


Creative Cities – A New Model for Urban Governance between Neoliberal and Sustainable Development

Creative Cities can be conceived as a new urban regime in search for new stable forms of governance in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. In many cities the hope for growing economical power and new jobs are pinned on the cultural and creative industries. The concept of “creative cities” is a leitmotif in debates on urban restructuring. This concept is not restricted to the economic importance of the creative process but can also be conceived as an activating form of urban governance that includes festivalization centered urban growth regimes based on high-tech up to a fostering of the local self-organization of urban cultural actors.

Cultural and creative economies are mainly located in the metropolis and have a high affinity to large agglomerations. Whereas the direct process of creative production is well-studied, there are not many studies on the commodification of this process by the global culture industry and its interaction with postmodern urbanity. An extensive and comparative study of these policies as new urban regime is necessary due to the exclusion of socio-spatial effects and of the shifts in urban policy towards an entrepreneurial city, if the focus in research is reduced to the creative process.

My main research questions focus on this range of the concept “creative cities” and take up specific deficits in research on urban creativity. The following questions will be examined in comparative and contrasting case studies of a European and US-American metropolis (Berlin and New York):

A. How are the activities of different actors of the creative economy inscribed in urban geographies?

B. In which forms are the small-scale, and often subcultural, creative production commodified?

C. What are the socio-economic effects of creative city policies on processes of urban restructuring and renewal?

In each city, one case study will be carried out (in Berlin, Media Spree and adjacent parts of Kreuzberg; in New York, further preliminary research is necessary). The examination of the case studies will be based largely upon qualitative fieldwork involving semistructured guideline-based interviewing of industry participants and concentrated on different levels of governance and industry. Additionally, in both cases a variety of literature and publication from the administration will be used as well as statistical material.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2008
DFG Fellow at the Transatlantic Graduate School for Metropolitan Studies Berlin/New York at TU Berlin

Supervision at the community centre and local media initiative openmedia44 e.v.

Diploma thesis in Geography “Interdependencies between Urban Subcultural Movements and the Settlement of Enterprises of the Music Industry”

Internship at Bildungswerk Berlin of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, department for international policy and political theory, Organization of several workshops

Social adviser, ASTA FU

Speaker for social affairs, ASTA FU

Study of Geography with subsidiary subject Biology and Chemistry

Publications, Lectures etc.


Bader, Ingo and Bialuch, Martin (2008): Gentrification and the creative class in Berlin-Kreuzberg. In: *Porter, Libby and Shaw, Kate (Eds): *Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration strategies. London/New York: Routledge. (November 2008)

Bader, Ingo (2007): „Branding“ oder wie aus einer Immobilie eine Marke gemacht wird, Mieterecho 324.

Scharenberg, Albert; Bader, Ingo (Hg., 2005): Der Sound der Stadt. Musikindustrie und Subkultur in Berlin, Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster.

Bader, Ingo (2004): Subculture: Pioneer for Music Industry or Counterculture, in: Paloscia, Raffaele; INURA (Hg.): The Contested Metropolis. Six Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century; Birkhäuser, Basel/Boston, S.73-77

Bader, Ingo; Scharenberg, Albert (2004): De- and Reindustrialization in Berlin: From Osram to New Media Industry, in: INURA-Bulletin 25.


Bader, Ingo; Scharenberg, Albert (2008, forthcoming): Berlin’s Sound: Subculture and Berlin’s Rise to a World Media City, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Bader, Ingo; Bialluch, Martin (2008, forthcoming): Gentrification and the Creative Class in Berlin-Kreuzberg: Shifts in Urban Renewal Policy from the 1980s to the Present, in Porter, Libby and Shaw, Kate: Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of policy drivers and responses to urban regeneration strategies, Routledge. London


2007 Lecture „The Sound of the City. Electronical Music in Berlin between Everyday Culture and Flexible Specialization“ in the series „Cultural Economy”, FU Berlin

2007 Presentation “Gentrification and the Creative Class in Kreuzberg” at the Symposium „Whose Urban Renaissance?“, University of Sheffield

2006-2008 Several fieldtrips „Flagship Projects, Culture and Urban Development in the Media Spree Area” for UCL London and Barlett School of Planning


2008: Symposium BUKO AK City/Space, panel “Neoliberal Cities”

2004: Organization of the conference „Global Music Industrie in Berlin“ for Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation

2003: Organization of the annual INURA meeting “Border Cities - Divided Cities” in Berlin; panel-leader and fieldtrip “De- and Reindustrialization in Berlin”

1998: Organization of the annual meeting of the European Geographers Accociation in Berlin, leader of the workshop „The Construction of Urban Space in Postfordistic Economy

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