These are the days of start-ups, business accelerators and innovation hubs. And although the potential of public / private involvement in this is great, co-creating strategies is often difficult. The real ecosystems for innovation require a comprehensive approach, integrating urban development, regional strengths, venture capital, education and more. Rotterdam is slowly changing in to such an environment and overcoming the era of ‘too many dinner parties’.
In January 2016, a group of private citizens from the northern Thai city of Lampang created a task force for the preservation of the historical Kad Kong Ta neighborhood, which is located in the old town center beside the Wang river. They invited a group of friends and informal “advisors” to help them produce an action plan for the neighborhood.
While the restoration of the Temple of Wisdom was honored in 2012 with an UNESCO Asian-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation, the management and reuse of the building also received a lot of criticism, in particular the “TRB” (Temple Restaurant Beijing) section, which includes a new restaurant, gallery and an hotel. It has caused a heated debate on how to restore historical buildings and how to combine it with new reutilization.
Lunch Lecture byIIAS fellow Dr Surajit Sarkar.