An international conference on urban development and the information society

15 - 16 August 1996


How can cities develop innovation strategies and promote urban creativity? How will information and communication systems influence social structures, and how might they change the way we live? What kind of interaction can we expect between cultural and technological innovation? Can we create cities for a society that is innovative and meaningful, and is design able to harness the synergy of different disciplines?

The Creative City follows up the themes of the successful Gateway II conference that took place at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH in September 1995. It is a multi-disciplinary conference addressing problems and issues in the fields of social and cultural studies, information technology, art, design and architecture in relation to the process of bringing the welfare state in step with the "information society". A special aim of the conference is to introduce urban innovation and creativity to the sphere of public sector decision making.

Richard Sennett, Professor in Sociology, New York (invited)
Peter Hall, Bartlett School of Planning, University College, London
Charles Landry, Director, The Comedia Company, London
Bert Mulder, Advisor to Parliament, The Hague
Jennifer Williams, British American Arts Association, London
Jean Attali, University of Panthoon-Sorbonne, Paris I



The organisers extend an open invitation for papers to be presented at the conference. Seminar presentations should not exceed 30 minutes (+10 minutes reserved for discussion). The conference language is English.

Themes for the seminar sessions :
The future home and the information society
New roles of public space
Cities as culture industries, the experiences of cultural capitals
Creativity and social innovation in the suburbs
Networking creative cities
Science cities and science parks
Pilot projects: Arabianranta - a thematic city
Transformation of social structures
Community arts and creative cities
Challenges for art education in the information age
Future school - beyond technology
City strategies
All submissions should include the following information:
Full name, address and title of author(s)
title of presentation
choice of theme
abstract (200 - 250 words)
curriculum vitae (maximum length one A4 size page)

Submissions are preferred by e-mail:
or on 3,5" DOS or Macintosh disc combined with a hard copy printout. Please address your submissions to the Conference Secretariat.

Deadline for abstracts

The last day to submit proposals for presentation is 15 February, 1996.

Registration fees

The fee includes admission to all sessions, delegate kit containing the final programme, abstracts and other information, refreshments during breaks and the welcoming reception.


City of Helsinki
The Comedia Company
Netherlands Design Institute

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Discount fee (if received before 15 June) FIM 1 850
Standard fee (if received after 15 June) FIM 2 150
Participant presenting a paper FIM 1 250
Undergraduate student fee FIM 750