Despite the economic downturn, the highly mobile pseudo-policy first produced by Comedia, the European City of Culture and The Creative City paradigm continues to recast the city as a destination of cultural capital. From Glasgow to Istanbul urban space is revised in projects of approximation that aim to reconfigure the street as a cosmopolitan festival sensorium of staged spontaneity, seductive imagery and liminal space. This paper offers a new understanding of transient project-oriented urban administration and the global shift towards performative cultural and temporal spaces. In doing so, it identifies two interwoven teloi that have instituted the festivalized city as a recognisable promotional tool for urban growth; the cultural imaginary and the administrative imaginary.
Jamieson, K. (2011, June). Mobile Techno-cosmopolitanism: Between Cultural and Administrative Imaginaries. Paper presented at EURA 2011 Conference: Cities without Limits, Copenhagen