Introduction to Part IV

  • Tan YigitcanlarEmail author
  • Tommi Inkinen


Knowledge and innovation spaces or in other words knowledge precincts are the nexus of knowledge-based urban development and knowledge economy. Planning the emergence of these innovation and creativity hubs is at the forefront of the urban agenda in many parts of the world. Place making is seen as an invaluable approach in their planning and emergence where place making is a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of spaces of public and private. This chapter provides an introduction to this part of the book that concentrates on the topic of place making for knowledge precincts that are essential elements of forming prosperous and sustainable cities of the global knowledge economy era.


Knowledge-based urban development Knowledge city Smart city Sustainable urban development Knowledge and innovation spaces Knowledge precinct Innovation district Place making 


  1. Pancholi, S., Yigitcanlar, T., & Guaralda, M. (2015). Place making facilitators of knowledge and innovation spaces: Insights from European best practices. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 6(3), 215–240.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Maritime Studies, Brahea CentreUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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