Creative thinking and production reveal social and individual potentials, evaluate productive efforts, and enable development. The production, which takes place as a result of free-thinking, imagination, and inspiring interactions in cities where cultural diversity is intense, offers alternatives to both social solidarity practices and solutions to urban problems. In this context, the “creative city” approach covers the processes of cities transforming their values into original production by co-acting with creative industries. This approach, which focuses on the working styles of creative industries in the city, cooperation between different actors of the city, and strong local networks, has played an important role in the restructuring processes of cities in recent years.
Taking lessons from the problems created by the globalization process, revealing and protecting the creative potentials of the city, and supporting the existing creative industries in the city are among the key issues that need to be discussed while producing policies for the cities of the future. At the same time, cities need a roadmap and support regarding the actors they can cooperate with and the environmental, social, and economic contexts in which they will work, in order to unleash their creative potential.
In these times when we realize the healing power of arts and culture and the unifying power of creative production more intensely, MARUF21 aims to provide a fertile ground for discussion to analyze "cities developing solutions" on the axis of "creative city".