Artists like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Peaches and Richie Hawtin have called it home over the years. And it’s the unofficial global centre for techno, home some of the best electronic music clubs in the world, along with countless painters, poets, and musicians of all types.
There’s no question Berlin is one of Europe’s most creative cities. But is its creative “footprint” something you can measure?
Pretty accurately, as it turns out.
By looking at factors like how Berlin uses its creative spaces, its licensing policies, and the amount of venues per person—approximately one per 7,000 people in Berlin—the team behind Creative Footprint was able to give the German capital a score of 8.02 out of 10.
“The score of 8.02 out of 10 shows that the city operates at an extremely high level, but that there are still improvements that can be made,” Berlin Clubcommission’s Lutz Leichsenring said.
Leichsenring is spearheading the non-profit Creative Footprint project, which uses research by Harvard University and Musicboard Berlin, and has partnered with Red Bull and Black Circle Media.
It’s not all data though. To get a better understanding of the city’s history and culture, the team spoke with Berlin club owners and icons, including Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann, Watergate’s Steffen Hack, Ipse’s Falk Walter and Sage Club’s Sascha Disselkamp, producing a series of in depth video interviews and features, which can be found on the site.
But Berlin is just the beginning, with studies planned for nine more cities across the globe. It’s all part of the project's mission to advocate for art and cultural communities on the ground level.
To find out more about Creative Footprint, click here.
Photo by Juliana Matos