The topic of this special issue refers to the observation that many larger and middle-sized cities have access to the considerable potential of institutions creating and disseminating knowledge. This kind of endowment seems to be especially valuable in an upcoming knowledge-based economy. Recent strategic concepts and inter-city-competitions referring to ‘knowledge-based urban development’, ‘knowledge city’, ‘creative city’, ‘science city’ or ‘entrepreneurial university’ indicate that urban planners and politicians are beginning to search for strategies to take advantage and to make use of this potential. In spite of this favourable initial situation, many cities have not up to now been able to ‘transform’ their knowledge resources into substantial economic success.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Case studies of cities trying to activate their knowledge resources for local economic growth
- Ways of activating human capital embodied in university graduates and university staff for regional/local economic growth
- Problems in intra-regional cooperation between universities and research institutes in vicinity
- City competitions as instruments and accelerators for knowledge-based urban development
- Regulatory barriers and problems for cities applying knowledge city strategies
- Intra-regional collaboration and networking as preconditions for knowledge-based urban development
- The role of the (central, federal) state in the process of knowledge-based urban development
- The implications of knowledge city strategies for urban planning
- Planning universities and their environment: the level of contribution of architecture and urban design to intensify knowledge flows.
Expression of interest by: 30 June 2010
Full papers by: 15 January 2011