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Growing Design? Challenges and Constraints Facing Design Consultancies in Three English City-Regions

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  • Peter Sunley
  • Steven Pinch
  • James Macmillen
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    Sunley P., Pinch S. and Macmillen J. Growing design? Challenges and constraints facing design consultancies in three English city-regions, Regional Studies. There is some debate as to whether creative industries can thrive in second-tier industrial city-regions, as well as in leading global cities. This paper uses the results of firm interviews with design consultancies to examine their experiences in three industrial cities in the United Kingdom: Manchester; Newcastle, and Birmingham. It highlights the major constraints on growth in each city and it emphasizes the quantity and quality of demand, and the availability of skilled labour. It considers the effects of design and cultural policy initiatives and finds that most measures are perceived to have had only ambiguous and minor supportive impacts. [image omitted] Sunley P., Pinch S. et Macmillen J. Developper la conception? Les defis et les contraintes auxquels font face les cabinets-conseil en conception dans trois cites-regions d'Angleterre, Regional Studies. On a fait couler beaucoup d'encre sur la capacite des industries innovatrices de prosperer dans des cites-regions industrielles a deuxieme niveau, aussi bien que dans les grandes villes mondialisees de premier plan. Cet article se sert des resultats des interviews aupres des cabinets-conseil en conception afin d'examiner leurs experiences dans trois grandes villes industrielles au Royaume-Uni: a savoir, a Manchester, a Newcastle et a Birmingham. On met l'accent sur les principales contraintes a la croissance dans chaque grande ville et souligne la quantite et la qualite de la demande, et la disponibilite de la main-d'oeuvre qualifiee. On considere les effets des initiatives en faveur de la conception et de la politique culturelle. Il s'avere que la plupart des initiatives sont considerees n'avoir eu que des effets de soutien ambigus et mineurs. Conception Cabinets-conseil Cite-region Contraintes Politique Sunley P., Pinch S. und Macmillen J. Wachsendes Design? Herausforderungen und Hindernisse fur Designberatungsfirmen in drei englischen Stadtregionen, Regional Studies. Die Frage, ob kreative Branchen in industriellen Stadtregionen der zweiten Ebene ebenso gut gedeihen konnen wie in fuhrenden Weltstadten, wird kontrovers diskutiert. In diesem Beitrag untersuchen wir anhand der Ergebnisse von Interviews mit Designberatungsfirmen die Erfahrungen dieser Firmen in drei Industriestadten Grossbritanniens: Manchester, Newcastle und Birmingham. Wir verdeutlichen die wichtigsten Wachstumshindernisse in den jeweiligen Stadten unter besonderer Berucksichtigung der Quantitat und Qualitat der Nachfrage sowie der Verfugbarkeit von qualifizierten Arbeitskraften. Ebenso untersuchen wir die Auswirkungen von design- und kulturpolitischen Initiativen und stellen fest, dass die Auswirkungen der meisten Massnahmen als zweifelhaft und wenig hilfreich beurteilt werden. Design Beratung Stadtregion Beschrankungen Politik Sunley P., Pinch S. y Macmillen J. �Crecimiento del diseno? Retos y limitaciones de empresas consultoras de diseno en tres regiones metropolitanas de Inglaterra, Regional Studies. Se debate si las industrias creativas pueden prosperar en regiones metropolitanas industriales de segundo nivel tan bien como en metropolis lideres. En este articulo utilizamos los resultados de entrevistas con empresas consultoras de diseno para analizar sus experiencias en tres ciudades industriales del Reino Unido: Manchester, Newcastle y Birmingham. Destacamos cuales son los principales obstaculos para el crecimiento de cada ciudad y ponemos de relieve la cantidad y calidad de demanda y la disponibilidad de trabajadores cualificados. Tambien analizamos los efectos de las iniciativas politicas de diseno y cultura y constatamos que la mayoria de medidas han tenido solamente un efecto ambiguo y de poco apoyo. Diseno Empresa consultora Region metropolitana Limitaciones Politica

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 44 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 873-887

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    Keywords: Design; Consultancy; City-region; Constraints; Policy;

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