The making of knowledge cities: Melbourne's knowledge-based urban development experience

Yigitcanlar, Tan, O’Connor, Kevin, & Westerman, Cara (2008) The making of knowledge cities: Melbourne's knowledge-based urban development experience. Cities, 25(2), pp. 63-72.


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This paper explores knowledge city and knowledge-based urban development concepts, discusses the principles of a knowledge city, and portrays its distinguishing characteristics and processes. It analyses Melbourne’s knowledge-based urban development experience by scrutinising its initiatives on culture, science, technology and innovation, and policies in urban, economic and social development. The paper also illustrates how the city administration played a key role in developing Melbourne as a globally recognised, entrepreneurial and competitive city. It concludes with arguing Melbourne as an emerging knowledge city, identifying its key success factors, and providing some insights for policy makers of other cities in designing their knowledge-based urban development.

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ID Code: 14829
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Melbourne, Victoria, knowledge city, knowledge, based urban development
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2008.01.001
ISSN: 0264-2751
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:40

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