Landscapes of Creativity: An Exploration of the Link between the Presence of the Creative Class and Aesthetic Quality in Canadian Communities

By Christopher Ling.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Much of the research currently being done on the creative class (Florida, 2002), the presence of that class in communities and the conditions needed to attract it, is focused on mega-cities and urban areas well connected to the global economy and with the social and policy context in those communities. One neglected part of the equation, however, is the environmental and aesthetic components—they are mentioned in Florida’s work but not analyzed at the scale typically considered difficult to judge. Evidence from Canadian case studies (Ling and Dale, 2011) suggest the quality of the landscape at a community scale may have a significant impact on the the attraction of the creative class to communities. This paper will explore this possible relationship by comparing communities considered ‘attractive’ and communities considered less so, and the presence of the creative class in these places.

Keywords: Landscape Character, Urban form, Creative Class, Aesthetic Quality

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 936.715KB).

Dr. Christopher Ling

Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Ling explores planning and landscape issues in human environments, particularly the urban fringe and post-industrial landscapes. He has a PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK in Planning and Landscape. He has lived in Victoria, BC, Canada since 2006. At Royal Roads, he teaches Sustainable Development is the academic lead for one of the two annual cohorts on the Master’s in Environmental Management program.