With rapid development straining the affordability of cities, many cultural spaces are at risk of displacement. How are global cities responding to artists and arts organizations on the brink?

In a detailed survey of what cities around the world are doing to protect and develop creative spaces, the World Cities Culture Forum presents Making Space for Culture, the latest handbook in the forum's “Policy and Practice” series. The resulting report is a collection of proposals, illustrating how cities can respond to the threat this problem poses to the cultural vitality and character of cities from San Francisco to Shenzhen.

Twelve in-depth case studies from World Cities Forum member cities, including San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Madrid, present a variety of approaches to creating amenities, activating spaces, and raising awareness of cultural infrastructure issues. It covers a range of tactics from these global cities to the local level: from transforming an industrial heritage site into a street art hub in Seoul, to creating a bailout plan to save popular venues in London.

Editorial and editorial content:

Tim Jones, CEO Artscape / Paul Owens, Co-founder and Director,

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Contribution of Mélanie Courtois in updating the manual in 2021