The purpose of the project is to undertake comparative international case study research around the changing dynamics of the urban creative economy, particularly the emergent relationships with a rapidly evolving manufacturing sector. Creative industries are connected to future urban growth and investment, city marketing and employment generation. Manufacturing, meanwhile, has become more diverse and productive. Manufacturing firms make a spectrum of goods, from technologically advanced products to locally-made craft objects involving traditional methods. Increasingly, international best practice is urban planning and policy-making that looks toward the nexus between creative industries and urban manufacturing. Cities that foster and deepen relationships between creative industries and urban manufacturing industries, especially in distinctive precincts where the two sectors increasingly co-locate organically, stimulate local jobs and enterprise formation and retain local spending.

The researchers on this project are:

•Examining the production relationships between cultural industries and urban manufacturing;

•Determining how changing industry, urban development, land use change, technological, and policy dynamics affect cultural production; and

•Identifying lessons for Australian cities to develop new policies around cultural production and manufacturing.

The research will pinpoint how changes among four major dynamics impact an emerging creative industry-manufacturing nexus. There are four dynamics at the centre of our analysis: industry relations (skills, supply-chains, and work practices); urban development (including real estate pressures and land use competition); technological innovations (in production, distribution and communication); and new policy-making agendas. All are implicated in the reconfiguration of the creative industry-manufacturing nexus. The existing empirical evidence base around the impact of these dynamics on cultural production and the ways in which the creative sectors interact with and rely on different forms of manufacturing is extremely limited. The project will fill this knowledge gap and produce new policy concepts and directions for Australia.

An on-the-ground audit of the Carrington Road precinct was undertaken in July-August 2017, implementing a methodology that will be applied to several case studies being documented in Australia and internationally for the project. Enterprises located in the Carrington Road precinct were documented and categorised. A sample of creative-manufacturing enterprises was then identified, and subsequently consulted for information on their activities and links to the precinct. From this, the report identifies crucial insights on not only the employment significance of the precinct’s creative industries-manufacturing interface, but also the functional interconnections between enterprises, within and beyond the precinct. This report provides an analysis of enterprises and clusters in the Carrington Road precinct, arising from the audit. Subsequent reports will detail other case studies, and policy benchmarking exercises, positioning Australian cities in relation to interstate and international counterparts.

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