Here are some links for those interested in the role of creativity and design as tools for innovation, especially in the context of regional development.

Creative London: realising the economic potential of London’s creative industries
London’s mayor commission on the creative industries focuses on four themes: nurturing and commodifying creativity, developing Production Chains, management and growth, property and place.

Creativity, Design and Business Performance (pdf, 1.05 mb, 76 pages)
Economics paper by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), published on 25 November 2005.

Nouvelles villes de design/New Design Cities
This 330-page, richly illustrated, bilingual book, published on 22 September 2005, stems from a symposium on the same topic (Montreal, 6>8 October 2004) and coincides with the introduction of the city’s new design action plan. LThis book involves case studies (i.e. actions or events) that are at the foundation of the emergence process of seven cities as cities of design: Antwerp, Glasgow, Lisbon, Montreal, Saint-Etienne, Stockholm and New York’s Times Square. These concrete examples are supported by reflections by three imminent thinkers of the modern city: Francois Barre (Paris), Saskia Sassen (Chicago), and John Thackara (Amsterdam and Bangalore).

(thanks to Giovanni Padula)