Creativity, knowledge, engagement : keys to finding the right governance model for a regional community precinct
Houghton, Kirralie, Foth, Marcus, & Hearn, Gregory N. (2010) Creativity, knowledge, engagement : keys to finding the right governance model for a regional community precinct. In MediaCity : Interaction of Architecture, Media and Social Phenomena, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany, Bauhaus University, Weimar, pp. 211-232.
This paper investigates the Cooroy Mill community precinct (Sunshine Coast, Queensland), as a case study, seeking to understand the way local dynamics interplay and work with the community strengths to build a governance model of best fit. As we move to an age of ubiquitous computing and creative economies, the definition of public place and its governance take on new dimensions, which – while often utilizing models of the past – will need to acknowledge and change to the direction of the future. This paper considers a newly developed community precinct that has been built on three key principles: to foster creative expression with new media, to establish a knowledge economy in a regional area, and to subscribe to principles of community engagement. The study involved qualitative interviews with key stakeholders and a review of common practice models of governance along a spectrum from community control to state control. The paper concludes with a call for governance structures that are locally situated and tailored, inclusive, engaging, dynamic and flexible in order to build community capacity, encourage creativity, and build knowledge economies within emerging digital media cityscapes.
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