Green creative environments: Contribution to sustainable urban and regional development

  • Jani Kozina
  • Saša Poljak Istenič
  • Blaž Komac
Keywords: creativity, innovation, sustainability, nature, creative city, green city, creative industries, natural amenities


The aim of this paper is to provide a theoretical and conceptual introduction for the Special Issue on the role of green creative environments in sustainable urban and regional development. The idea is based on the assumption that concepts of creativity mostly address economic issues and to a lesser extent social issues, while green concepts predominantly deal with environmental aspects. Therefore, we lack a deeper insight into the interrelations between creative and green environments in urban and regional development. This special issue addresses this research gap through investigating 1) the residential preferences of the creative class in city-regional, urban and rural settings, 2) participatory urbanism as a tool for creative interventions in urban planning, and 3) the importance of green amenities as spatial attraction factors for small creative actors. We argue that green creative environments can contribute to sustainable urban and regional development.


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Kozina J, Poljak IsteničS, Komac B. Green creative environments: Contribution to sustainable urban and regional development. AGS [Internet]. 2019Jan.1 [cited 2021Apr.15];59(1):119–126. Available from:
Special issue: Green creative environments