Richard Florida and his wife and children spent most of lockdown in their apartment on Miami Beach. When they returned home to Toronto, the city had changed. “When we left, you couldn’t get stuff readily delivered here,” he reports over Zoom. “I literally pressed the Instacart button five minutes before I connected to you . . . and [my order] will be here in half an hour.” Florida is the urban theorist who coined the term “the creative class” and spotted its takeover of the world’s city centres. He’d barely thought about pandemics before, despite being born during the great flu outbreak of 1957 —his parents never mentioned it.
Richard Florida, PhD, came to Philadelphia for an up-close and personal look at how our city’s revival is reaching a tipping point, a “new urban crisis” brought on by success. Florida, one of the world’s leading scholars and observers of cities, is university professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, a distinguished fellow at NYU, and founder of CityLab. He is author of the best sellers The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis. MIT Technology Review named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers.
Charles Kenny, author of a forthcoming book on pandemics, is cautiously optimistic that cities will prevail in the era of COVID-19. Here, he talks to Richard Florida about how infectious diseases have shaped cities throughout history, how COVID-19 could impact urbanization, and why preparedness is everything.
If a person’s home is their castle, then the 59 people we chose to profile for our 2018 Residential Real Estate Power List are the castle-builders, the castle-keepers, the castle-owners—in short, the most influential and powerful people currently shaping the U.S. residential real estate industry.
Richard Florida is an author, urbanist, and the current Director of Cities at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute. We spoke with him about how Canadian cities can evolve and prepare for the future through P3s.
Mediaplanet: You founded the Creative Class Group which focuses on helping companies and regions achieve growth and prosperity. In your experience, what role can private partners play in
The Montage Laguna provided an apt backdrop for the day-long symposium, Diversity and the Creative Economy. The goal was razor focused: To discuss how inclusion and creativity can foster economic mobility and prosperity in Orange County, its stunning coastal landscape prominently displayed via 180-degree views from the luxury hotel.
Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading urbanists, is the founder of the Creative Class Group, a researcher, professor, serving as university professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto. Below, he explores the impact of infrastructure on economic competitiveness and productivity.
Childhood, interrupted. I was born in Newark. My dad worked at the Victory Optical factory making eyeglass frames, and we lived in the Italian district of Newark. My parents had a rental apartment overlooking Branch Brook Park. Later we moved close by to North Arlington, New Jersey, because of the Catholic school, Queen of Peace, where my brother and I went. It’s the suburb that’s featured in the opening credits of The Sopranos.
The pace at which new condos are added to Toronto’s red-hot housing market is nowhere near enough to fulfil the needs of a veritable surge of renters and would-be buyers, according to a recent report by Altus Group Ltd.
Since 2005, only around 60 purpose-built rental buildings have been erected in the market, offering a total of 11,620 new units over the 13-year period from then to the present.
De creatieve klasse heeft in veel opzichten de stad gered, alleen blijkt nu dat niet iedere stedeling deelt in het succes. Door
stijgende woonkosten gaapt een steeds diepere kloof tussen stadsbewoners. Daarom moeten we werk maken van inclusief
urbanisme, betoogt stedelijk geograaf Richard Florida.
A City Focused Provocateur Who Thinks Global and Acts Local. For anyone interested in Detroit’s growth, we recommend diving into Florida’s work.
We caught up with him in town for the thought provoking City Lab conference—the organization he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for.
Interview with Bernard Michel, Chairman of Gecina French Real Estate Investment Trust. For Richard Florida, the real estate tech movement is a key part of the inclusive urban development and the future of work. But technology as « pharmakon », is also a reality that we need to consider in order to avoid falling into a dystopian scenario: the metropolisation vortex.
Urbanist Richard Florida popularised the idea that the creativity economy spurs urban regeneration with his 2002 book
The Rise of the Creative Class. Fifteen years later, creative cities have revived but are plagued with inequality. He tells Dinesh Naidu about his new book, The New Urban Crisis, and how cities can spread the benefits for inclusive urbanism.
Whether you’re a would-be Philanthropist/Social-Entrepreneur or have spent decades being one. You could be worse-off than to read the short biographies of those who’ve been through the journey before.
City brands and the making, management and communication of a city’s strongest assets in the eyes of potential residents, visitors, investors and students, has been a key occupation of economic development professionals all over the world. In this interview, Richard Florida explains why the Creative Classes are so important in achieving city strength and a competitive position.
Florida thinks Miami is at a turning point. His study — which you can read here or in the recaps by WLRN, Miami Herald, and the Miami New Times — lays out 10 opportunities to put it on the right track.
Professor Richard Florida,
University Professors 2016
Rotman School of Management.
Research Interests: Cities, innovation and urban economic development.
Richard Florida named University Professor. The University of Toronto owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its eminent professors. The University recognizes unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation of University Professor. The number of such appointments does not generally exceed two per cent of the tenured faculty. Its very exclusivity stands to underline the highly prestigious nature of the University Professor designation.
On the first day of the educational project Made In Kazan the listeners expert classes made Richard Florida – economist, urbanist, author of the theory of the creative class, the professor of the School of Management named Joseph Rothman at the University of Toronto. “Indus” publishes a summary of his lectures.
Richard Florida interview on the important role mayors play in building prosperous cities. He argued that the role of the mayor is critically misunderstood and underdeveloped, and that increasing the capacity of Canada’s local leaders is one of the most important social, political and economic imperatives of our time.
Richard Florida, on the occasion of the Jane Jacobs centennial, talks about Jacobs’ enduring legacy, her role in helping shape his work, the state of cities today, and his current projects.
Are successful cities built on their creative workers? Urban theorist Richard Florida talks to Caroline Kinneberg
From 1995 to 2015, Fast Company looks back at the people, products, and ideas that have transformed business and culture.
Richard Florida ranked among the most influential business thinkers in the world on a list known as the “Oscars of management thinking”.
Richard Florida among three University of Toronto professors and business leaders placed in the top 15 in a recent ranking of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers.
For professor and journalist Richard Florida, the most restless people in the planet are building a new world. In
this new world, excessive consumption and unrestrained use of natural resources are replaced by continual
innovation. In this exclusive interview to Mundo Corporativo, he explains why creativity, innovation, and human development are crucial to keep thriving in the economy of the future.
In 2002, the American economist and sociologist Richard Florida published the book “The Rise of the Creative Class”, which became a bestseller. Florida made a close connection between the future development of cities and the development of the “creative class”: Cities will flourish if they are able to attract these rising stars of the 21st century and persuade them to be long-term residents.
The CEO and founder of The Creative Class Group, Rana and Richard Florida, on the ongoing evolution of the creative consumer; rebellious leadership; and the future of travel.
Catalyst asks Richard to share his insights on the ‘multiplier’ effect of the creative class and why local public officials should leverage arts and culture as policy tools for fostering unique and thriving communities from the ground up.
SKIFT speaks with Florida after the Start Up City Miami event to hear how this urban disruption in downtown cores is impacting cities as tourism destinations, and how tourism bureaus can potentially shift their narrative to support them better.
During your Caribbean Cruise, you may dream of living in paradise, of packing it all up and escaping to the islands. While that’s a great fantasy, the reality of trying to make a living makes it less attractive. But there’s always Miami. No, really, Miami. It’s a great place to live. Just ask Richard and Rana Florida, the power couple behind the Creative Class Group.
Renowned urbanist Richard Florida sat down with The Tyee’s Geoff Dembicki for a conversation about whether ‘creatives’ are driving the new economy or falling behind.
In the following interview, Florida talks about the latest workplace and economic trends affecting business owners and employees, the impact of technology and automation, why we need a new social compact and gives his best career advice.
Who are the thought leaders shaping today’s discourse on the future of society and the economy? Whose ideas are defining and changing our lives? GDI has measured the influence of the world’s most important thinkers and presents the “Global Thought Leader Map”.
The eight-part film series called “Unlock Art,” developed by London’s Tate Museum in collaboration with Le Méridien Hotels explains the historical and commercial precedents for contemporary art’s development with a whimsical, plain-speak delivery, offering a surprisingly in depth yet easily digestible overview of modern art.
The academic and author explains how creative companies and the venture capital that drives them are increasingly flowing to cities, and what that means for economic and societal development.
Last February, best-selling author and renowned “urbanist” Dr. Richard Florida took the stage at the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference, providing his analysis of Detroit’s continued comeback at MotorCity Casino Hotel. At the event, Florida stressed the importance of tackling urban development with an entrepreneurial spirit and remarked on how impressive the amount of progress made in Detroit has been.
About five months after his keynote speech, Detroit filed for bankruptcy, kicking off a nationwide discussion about the state of the city. The Detroiter caught up with Florida to discuss how bankruptcy has impacted his views of the Motor City.
The Utica Phoenix newspaper has obtained an exclusive personal interview with Richard Florida, the world’s leading urbanist.
Richard Florida, journalist, founder of creative group, author and global leader in urbanism, has brought a breath of fresh air to the field of urban renovation, especially after the collapse of the global housing bubble. Florida has been a prominent figure in the economic sphere since 1990, when he wrote his first book exploring the technological boom of Silicon Valley. His theories are characterized by his ability to recognize something many intellectuals had ignored: cultural diversity stimulates the economy.
TELL ME MORE from NPR News interview with Richard Florida on the future of aging in America. By the year 2050, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. That’s according to the U.S. Census. And when we talk about getting older, most of us think about, what? Saving for retirement, Medicare, Social Security.
Disruptive Women recently sat down with our August 2013 Man of the Month, Richard Florida, Professor, University of Toronto & NYU and Senior Editor and The Atlantic Cities, the world’s leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs, to chat about what to expect in town near you.
NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading authorities on economic competitiveness, cultural and technological innovation, and demographic trends, was recently named among the “World’s Most Influential Thinkers” by a study published in the MIT Technology Review that ranked today’s most influential thought leaders.
A new network analysis reveals the thinkers who most influence the rest of us and suggests ways to join this elite list
Dr Richard Florida, the Cultural Innovation keynote speaker at EBN Congress, answers some questions ahead of his address at the Congress on May 30. (First appeared in Ulster Business magazine.
Toronto has not always had good press – not least from Canadians themselves.
But even the locals have to admit that the place they love to loathe is having a moment. Mark Jones reports on how the city is being rebuilt,and meets key figures including Richard Florida in this renaissance.
Richard Florida heralds successful cities as those that attract and keep a creative citizenry. Toronto is a perfect
manifestation of his “Three T’s” index of good city building: technology,
tolerance, and talent. Author Katrina Onstad takes a closer look at how the Three T’s of Toronto play out on the
streets, so invites five local “creative class” guides to show her the
neighborhoods they love.
Organized by influential urbanist and author Richard Florida, Start-Up City: Miami will feature talks by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and AOL co-founder Steve Case on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Richard Florida on NPR with Steve Inskeep discussing who wins and who loses as the highly skilled, creative class clusters around certain metro areas.
Thomas Frey shares eight shocking statements made in 2012, judged to be trend-setters for 2013 and beyond and discusses briefly how they will invariably shift our outlook on the future.
The professors on this list are all respected in their fields, successful in business and research, and highly active in the online community. They are working to make web-based communication technology an integral part of the lifelong learning experience for their students and anyone else who wants to tune in.
Uurbanization leaders are rising to prominence across the spheres of real estate, technology, and sustainability.
As populations rise and the pressure for limited resources increases, smart thinking is needed — in the form of smart cities, which harness technology to fight the challenges of urbanism, whilst maximising its creative and economic potential. UBM identifies the the Top 20 individuals around the globe who are at the forefront of this movement, Richard Florida as number 1.
Ten years ago, Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class turned its author into an unlikely academic rock star. Since then, the urban guru has become a Toronto resident, the head of U of T’s Martin Prosperity Institute, and an international lightning rod. He recently released a 10th-anniversary edition of the aforementioned tome. Courtney Shea catches up with Florida at one of his favorite Hogtown destinations, the Brick Works.
Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading authorities on economic competitiveness, cultural and technological innovation, and demographic trends has been appointed Global Research Professor for the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS).
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced this week that Richard Florida has been named a senior visiting fellow for the Urban Land Institute. The institute, with nearly 30,000 members worldwide, is a nonprofit education and research institute dedicated to responsible land use and the creation of thriving communities around the globe.
Fast Company continues its examination of the business book The Rise of the Creative Class with an interview of author Richard Florida.
Outlining his plan to create a rival to Silicon Valley in the East End of London on November 4th, Mr Cameron paid tribute to Richard Florida, an American urban economist, for devising a blueprint for government’s role in the economy.
Interview with Richard Florida by Gretchen Rubin who was curious about how the author thinks about happiness in the context of his own life.
Royal Philips Electronics annouced the launch of the Philips Livable Cities Award, an initiative designed to generate practical, achievable ideas for improving the health and well-being of people living in cities. Individuals, community or non-governmental groups and businesses are eligible to participate in the Award program.
Royal Philips Electronics announces the launch of the Philips Livable Cities Award, an initiative designed to generate practical, achievable ideas for improving the health and well-being of people living in cities with Richard Florida as chair of the international panel of experts.
The Rotman prof by day, rock star by night—who just released his latest urban manifesto—reveals the 10 things he can’t live without.
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