Looking for the Creative City: Urban Development Through Education and Cultural Strategies in Medellin, Colombia

Raul Alberto Marino Zamudio, Flavia Barar

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The city of Medellin, Colombia, has been recognized as a paradigm of urban change and promotion of creative urban policies for integral development and achieve transformation of vulnerable communities in the informal peripheral areas of the city. Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city (4 million inhabitants) and achieve in a short period of time a urban transformation through inclusive urban policies and city development management strategies that prove to be a powerful tool to transform urban conditions and communities, changing the traditional top-down approaches of urban planning for renovated bottom-up strategies involving creative clusters, communities, city administration and private sectors through strategic planning, promoting of IT developments and cultural and educational strategies. These ideas have been used by other Colombian and Latin-American cities to rapidly improve urban conditions and provide a better living to the vulnerable populations in large and intermediate cities. This paper will first analyze the evolution the creative city concepts and present some of the strategies that the Medellin city planning administration have implemented on education and inclusive policies to transform cities and communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Idea of the Creative City Proceedings
EditorsDobroslawa Wiktor-Mach, Piotr Radwanski
Place of PublicationMacedonia
PublisherEuropean Scientific Institute, ESI
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-608-4642-18-3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Idea of the Creative City: The Urban Policy Debate - The Department of European Studies , Cracow University of Economics , Cracow, Poland
Duration: 17 Oct 201318 Oct 2013


ConferenceThe Idea of the Creative City
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  • Urban policy
  • Urban design
  • Education and training
  • Informal communities

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