International Summer School of Creative Economy is completed

Final presentation of rehabilitation projects for industrial heritage structures, GIS mapping of creative industries in Belgrade marked the completion of the first International Summer School of Creative Economy.


Under the supervision of the leading expert in this field, mr Donovan Rypkema of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, and Hristina Mikić, director of Creative Economy Group, 17 young Serbian and American architects, urban planners, economists, and managers in culture worked for two weeks on rehabilitation projects for structures such as the Military Institute in Kragujevac, Suvača in Kikinda, Red Warehouse in Pančevo, and GIS mapping of creative industries in Belgrade.  



The project for the Military Institute in Kragujevac is for it to become an art incubator as to support creative industries, also serve as an educational laboratory for FILUM (Faculty of Philology and Arts) Kragujevac. The project realization is estimated in four phases. Red Warehouse in Pančevo would be a new EXPO of creative industries – concept space for creative entrepreneurs working in Pančevo and nearby area, followed by other artistic and touristic content. Suvača in Kikinda will bi transformed in the first Community center and laboratory for promotion of Kikinda’s  intangible gastronomic heritage.

The most important results were the ones obtained through GIS mapping of creative industries in Belgrade. School participants mapped 3900 organizations, entrepreneurs and companies that work in creative industries sector and so it was possible to test “creative agglomeration” that followed creative economy resources.


Methodology, project ideas and guidelines for local stakeholders will be available through published handbook about sustainable management of cultural heritage that has the aim to serve to interested parties and enhance the development of their local and regional creative economy.

The first international Summer School of Creative Economy was supported by: School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Embassy of the United States in Serbia, Republic Institute for protection of cultural monuments, Institute for research in cultural development Serbia.