In collaboration with Payame Noor University and Iranian Association For Environmental Assessment (IAEA)

Document Type : Science - Research


1 Department of Urban Planning, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran.

2 Professor, Department of Urban Planning,University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


The aim of the present study was to measure the indicators of urban creativity and compare the three metropolises of Tehran, Mashhad and Esfahan. This research was done with a descriptive-analytical method of applied type. To measure information, four criteria and 23 sub-criteria were extracted, and Shannon's entropy model and gray relational analysis method were used to determine the relative importance of the research criteria. Research innovation is to address the common criteria of urban creativity and knowledge-based urban development. The findings of the research showed the final ranking of metropolises in terms of urban creativity indicators being Tehran metropolis to rank first, Mashhad metropolis to rank second, and Esfahan metropolis to rank third. Also, the prioritization of megacities in relation to the urban development of basic knowledge, Tehran was ranked first, Mashhad second, and Esfahan third. The results of the research showed that urban creativity is a potential concept that should be seriously strengthened in Tehran, Esfahan and Mashhad cities in order to provide the possibility of knowledge-based urban development. The innovative aspect of the research showed that the knowledge-based development is possible when creativity along with knowledge takes place in a creative environment with knowledgeable economy and under the supervision of knowledgeable managers by knowledgeable workers.


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