A Tale of Two Creative Cities: Reflections for Penang

By Dr. Khoo Suet Leng, Dr. Premalatha Karupiah

April 2023 FEATURE
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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
THOUGH THE WORD “creative city” might be in vogue, the term was already coined back in the late 1980s as a viable urban development strategy, particularly for post-industrialised cities whereby their economic base would be restructured to leverage on culture and creativity.The original intent was to integrate cultural policy into urban planning to enhance the material well-being of marginalised groups. However, practical execution oftentimes deviates from this noble intent when aspects of inclusion, diversity and tolerance feature sparingly in actual...

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Dr. Khoo Suet Leng

is an academic at Universiti Sains Malaysia and a professional town planner. Her research interests are related to creative cities, creative economy and urban heritage conservation. She aspires to visit as many creative cities as possible to comprehend each city̕s cultural and creative DNA.

Dr. Premalatha Karupiah

is a sociologist at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is an avid traveller fascinated by the beauty of nature and humanity around the world. Her research interest is related to beauty, femininity and the experiences of minority women.