From Yaba in Lagos to the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai, Metropolis Magazine provides a scenic tour around the world’s “most creative” neighborhoods. Spread across ten rapidly growing cities like Cape Town and Turin, the article provides a comprehensive glimpse into these lesser discussed hubs of creativity.
Metropolis acknowledges that so-called “creative” neighborhoods are often in tension with gentrification, but highlights how the spaces within these changing areas can also increase public accessibility to the arts. This is seen in Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas which hosts the documentary film festival DocLisboa, while downtown São Paulo is identified for cultural facilities like the non-profit arts center PIVÔ which regenerate previously crime-ridden areas.
Many of these neighborhoods are also home to notable architecture, playing host to both notable buildings and the studios of current firms. The Daimyo suburb of Fukuoka for example, is not just full of bookstores and concert halls, but also close to Aldo Rossi’s Hotel Il Palazzo and housing by OMA, while A-cero’s offices are located in Malasaña, Madrid, surrounded by other design firms and fabrication facilities.
To see Metropolis Magazine's full ranking of the ten most creative neighborhoods in the world--and to find out more about each one--read the full piece here.