Intra-urban patterns of creative industries in polycentric city

Ondřej Slach 1 , Igor Ivan 2 , Jan Ženka 1 , and Andrej Sopkuliak 1
  • 1 Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Chittussiho 10, 710 00 Ostrava - Slezská Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • 2 Institute of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Mining and Geology, VŠB - TU Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15, Ostrava - Poruba, 708 33, Czech Republic


The principal objective of this paper is to evaluate the spatial patterns of creative industries in a micro-geographic perspective. As the creative industries represent a highly heterogeneous complex, only selected creative industries were studied (culture, marketing and advertising, printing, publishing, architecture). The polycentric industrial city of Ostrava was chosen as the surveyed area. Various spatial statistical methods (e.g. nearest neighbour analysis, kernel density estimation) were applied for the needs of assessment. The results show that spatial patterns of creative industries at intra-urban level do not vary significantly from their counterparts in Western Europe. Despite the fact that Ostrava is highly industrialized polycentric city with relatively weak position of the city centre, creative industries are highly concentrated into the historical city centre and the inner city.

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