About Creative Cities Research
The role of creativity in shaping distinct, sustainable, and culturally diverse and socially healthy cities, towns and regions has gained immense traction in recent years. Seeing the particular relevance of industry and economic diversification to Western Australia, as well as the potential of the State’s creative sector and wider social benefits of nurturing a higher level of creativity, FORM has brought international ideas, dialogue, and thinkers to Western Australia since 2000 through programs including Creative Capital, Shifting Foundations, Designing Futures, Midland Atelier, The Canning Stock Route Project, and PUBLIC. Through these programs we have hosted some of the world’s most respected creative leaders including Richard Florida, leaders from IDEO, Bruce Mau, Charles Landry, Al Gore, and many skilled and innovative artists operating at the top of their field, from Helen Britton and David Bielander to David Trubridge, Martin Parr, ROA, the Gordon family, and Tanija and Graham Carr.
These veins of research and thought all link back to our core positioning statement of ‘building a state of creativity’, and have actively shaped who we are as an organisation. More recently FORM has focused these philosophies around research projects that draw from respected research bodies and think tanks, and which aim to contribute to the body of knowledge around what it takes to nurture a truly creative, well-adjusted city, while advocating for sophisticated creative activation within Western Australia.
In 2008 FORM published Comparative Capitals. Devised using data from The Australian Bureau of Statistics and PriceWaterhouseCooper, Comparative Capitals measured the multiple forms of ‘city capital’ – cultural, creative, human and social capital – and tracked how talented, innovative, creative and connected Australia’s eight major cities in Australia really were
This research was followed by Energy Cities, released in 2010. A sequel to Comparative Capitals, Energy Cities offered a thorough body of research that examined five of the world’s leading energy cities, comparing statistical data and qualitative research around crucial indicators of city success including talent, creativity and social capital. Both publications are available through our website for FORM members.