Charles Landry

Charles Landry helps cities transform their thinking to help plan their future with greater purpose and originality. He helps find original solutions to seemingly intractable urban dilemmas, such as marrying innovation and tradition, balancing wealth creation and social cohesiveness, or local distinctiveness and global competitiveness. 

Charles was born in 1948 and studied in Britain, Germany and Italy. In 1978 he founded Comedia, a highly respected European consultancy working in creativity, culture and urban change. Initially Comedia's publishing wing was most well known. This had an impact on the development of cultural studies and urban planning. Later Comedia's research became better known. He has completed several hundred assignments for a variety of public and private clients and given key note addresses and workshops in over 50 countries across the continents.

An international authority on urban futures and creative reinvention, Charles Landry developed the ‘creative city' concept. He is a well-known speaker and has written several books including, The Creative City and The Art of City Making.

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