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Macao’s urban creativity

Urban planner Charles Landry contemplates on the path to a greater Macao, which he believes involves more investment from casino operators, a closer relationship between local residents and government authorities, and improved urban planning

TEXT LEONOR SÁ MACHADO PHOTOS ANTÓNIO SANMARFUL, ANTONIUS PHOTOSCRIPT AND COURTESY OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS BUREAU

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rban development specialist Charles Landry visited Macao last month. On this visit to the territory, his third, Landry spent much of this time observing the city on foot, strolling through local districts including Old Taipa Village and Portas do Cerco. Landry is founder of Comedia, a think tank focussing on urban change and development. He is also renowned for coining the term the creative city. In very simplistic terms, he explains that in order to effectively respond to modern urban change, creativity is required at every level of adaptation. Therefore, a culture of creativity must be nurtured in order to provide the most fruitful environment for harnessing all resources and potential to yield the most optimal outcome. For Landry, creativity is context­‑driven throughout time. For example, “In the 19th century, we had to deal with public health, and solving those problems was a creative act,“ he explains in an interview with Macao Magazine. NOVEMBER 2016

Macao Magazine November 2016  

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