If I say Bilbao and then Hobart, what comes to your mind?
For many, the answers respectively will be The Guggenheim and MONA. Cultural infrastructure writ large in both cases.
Understanding relationships between cities and their cultural infrastructure is important to our work. We often use examples we have researched first hand, like Cloud Gate in Chicago and The High Line in New York to illustrate the beneficial effects of civic investment in cultural infrastructure. By way of example, Chicago’s Cloud Gate and Millennium Park contribute around USD1.5B annually to the city’s economy and have catalysed in excess of 10B in urban renewal and development.