Interactive Tool Explores The Cultural Strength of Cities

Culture plays a crucial role in the success of our cities, but it is notoriously difficult to map and assess the value of cultural assets in our urban environments.  The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission wants to change that, and has created a ‘Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor’ to provide a standardized tool built around three core indices – cultural vibrancy, creative economy and enabling environment.

The monitor, which is due to be updated every two years, recently published its first edition.  It provides clear metrics to allow cities to be compared across nine different dimensions that broadly cover culture and creativity, before highlighting how these contribute to the social and economic performance of each city.

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