Charles Landry has written extensively on the necessity of creativity in developing successful, vibrant and sustainable cities. He has developed research and creative initiatives for some of the world's greatest cities including Chicago, Sydney, Seattle, Vancouver and Glasgow, as well as smaller cities like Palmerston North.
Policy planner (urban design) Geoff Wilkinson says the aim of developing a Creative Cities Index for Palmerston North is to help all of us look at our city with fresh eyes.
"Creativity is expressed in multiple ways," says Geoff Wilkinson. "From how the physical environment is shaped to how citizens are involved in co-creating policy to how well our assets are maximised. The Index will help residents and Council staff assess how well we are harnessing the collective imagination and creative potential in the city."
"It will set the framework and allow us to explore issues raised while at the same time set a benchmark for our city among 14 other cities of similar size. The results will be drawn into a concise report that includes recommendations for a way forward."
The Index is an initiative out of the Urban Design Strategy which was approved by Council in the 2012 Long Term Plan. It will be created from the results of a survey, one-on-one meetings with people and public meetings during a one week residency in March.
"In order to help provide Charles with a better understanding of our city before he arrives we need as many people as possible to fill out an online survey. It will be the largest survey on creativity ever undertaken in Palmerston North and we're encouraging as many people as possible to take part."
There are two surveys and we're aiming for over 500 people to complete the short survey and over 120 to complete the long survey. You can find out more by visiting http://www.creativecityindex.org/?ref=16&l=1, the survey ID is PALM2012.
"We need survey participants from a broad cross-section of society - opinion formers and decision makers in various sectors as well as the general public."
View the findings of Charles landry's visit here