Internationally acclaimed urban theorist Richard Florida, author of numerous books on the 21st century urban evolution including The Rise of the Creative Class, Who’s Your City, and The Great Reset, has been named a senior visiting fellow for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). 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.
Florida, senior editor for The Atlantic and director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is one of the world’s thought leaders on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness and urban growth. His research provides data-driven insights into the social, economic and demographic factors that are changing the world’s economy.
As a ULI senior visiting fellow, Florida will speak at four of the institute’s major meetings, collaborate with ULI members and staff, and contribute content and thought leadership to ignite dialogue and discussion on city building.
Florida’s observations are based on the premise that in the 21st century, the creative sector has eclipsed the manufacturing sector as an economic growth engine. He says cities and their surrounding mega-regions are the core motor force of economic growth and prosperity.
“I’m looking forward to collaborating with ULI’s incredible membership of architects, developers, planners and urbanists to advance creative, sustainable city building practices around the globe,” Florida said.