New Creative Footprint project scores cities based on quality of cultural environment

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  • Berlin garnered a score of 8.02 out of 10.
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  • Lutz Leichsenring of Berlin Clubcommision has launched a new non-profit project called Creative Footprint. The initiative ultimately seeks to help music and cultural scenes by providing resources and statistics about the cultural conditions of 10 cities around the world. Using research conducted by Musicboard Berlin and Harvard University, Creative Footprint generates a score by considering the number and programming of a city's creative spaces in addition to the city's cultural policies. Local experts use criteria such as venue size and amount of events held along with subjective traits regarding the quality of a venue's creative output. This is then analysed by algorithms developed by Harvard professor Daniel Polley to generate the ultimate score. Berlin was the first city to be analysed, arriving at a score of 8.02 out of 10. Research found that there is a venue for every 7,000 inhabitants and over 43% of the overall programming was deemed "experimental" or "somewhat experimental." Over 46% of artists performing in the city do not play their own work but the majority of events strongly feature locals. Kreuzberg has the most venues and scored highest in "vibrancy" but Treptow came out on top overall thanks to the strength of its cultural content and space. In addition to the research, figures behind clubs like Club der Visionaere, Watergate, Arena and Tresor share their perspectives about the state of culture in the German capital on the Creative Footprint website.