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Miami has been on a roll. It is attracting people at a rapid clip, it is a center of arts, culture and design, and its entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing. Today the region is at a critical inflection point. How can it grow further? How can it deepen its startup ecology? How can it ensure that its growth is inclusive, and that all Miamians can share in a new era of more inclusive prosperity?
Rana Florida interview with J√∂rn Weisbrodt, the artistic director of Toronto‚Äôs Luminato Festival.
A joint project between FIU and my team at the Creative Class Group, and the first product of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative, Miami‚Äôs Great Inflection: Toward Shared Prosperity as a Creative and Inclusive Global City, was presented at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs 2016 Goals Conference on June 16.
A former investment banker, the chairman of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line, a trustee of the New York Public Library, the editor of the acclaimed book City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, and a contributing editor to Vogue, Catie Marron has just added a new book to her very crowded list of accomplishments: City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World.
Thousands of people descended on Miami during the first week of December, 2015, to experience Art Basel Miami. On Thursday, December 3, hundreds attended a packed discussion on creativity and city building at the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. The global forum, CREATE: Miami, was hosted by Florida International University and Visiting Scholar and urbanist Richard Florida, and it brought together a veritable constellation of luminaries in art, architecture, design, fashion, and music.
With the backdrop of Art Basel, Florida International University and the Creative Class Group will host an exclusive forum with international cultural icons about how to keep artists and creators in the heart of our cities, on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.
On December 2-former Miami mayor Manny Diaz, Richard and Rana Florida will host a fundraiser for Governor O'Malley's presidential campaign.
Over 300 people turned out at the College for Creative Studies to participate in CREATE: Detroit, the inaugural ideas fest on place making and cities, led by world-renowned urbanist and professor Richard Florida and sponsored by Rock Ventures.
What lessons can we learn from Detroit's and other cities' struggles to remake themselves? That is the question that will be at the heart of CREATE: Detroit, the first of what will become an annual ideas fest. Hosted by the renowned urbanist Richard Florida and the Creative Class Group in partnership with Rock Ventures, Shinola, M1/DTW, and Planterra, the program will bring together city builders, city leaders, place makers and urbanists from across North America to share their insights and best practices for building and rebuilding more creative and inclusive cities.
At the first annual Create: Detroit, by the Creative Class Group and sponsored by Rock Ventures, he will moderate panels with city-leaders, city-builders, place-makers, urbanists, and urban journalists from across North America, who will share what they've learned from their own ventures and observations in Miami, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Las Vegas, and of course Detroit.
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.
Rana Florida's interview with Catie Marron.
Richard Florida addressed the United Nations at the United Nations Economic and Social Council recently. Watch the conversation on sustainable urbanization.
Every city hopes to attract the next Facebook, Google, Instagram or Twitter. To lure such entrepreneurial startups, they follow the same route that city leaders of their grandparents' generation did -- cutting taxes, easing regulations, and in general trying to create a business-friendly climate. But what are entrepreneurs really looking for in a city?
It is a mindset--nimble, adaptive, and outside-the-universe--that has transformed an entire city, shifting Medellin, Colombia's status from the 'World's Most Dangerous City' to the 'World's Most Innovative City.'
The second annual Start-Up City: Miami event, sponsored by The Atlantic, The Atlantic Cities, the Knight Foundation and the Creative Class Group convened venture capitalists, leading thinkers, and start-up founders yesterday to discuss entrepreneurialism and to share tips and expertise on successful startups.
Miami needs to invest in developing its talent, keeping its talent and attracting new talent. It needs to be a place to spur new inventions, discoveries and ideas. And it is in that spirt in which we launched, Start-Up City: Miami in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Atlantic Cities and the Creative Class Group.
Detroit's fall from grace--from its ruins porn to its obesity rankings, from its crime rate to its bankruptcy--has all been exposed in the lurid glare of publicity. But I am constantly defending the Motor City. No campaign has captured the spirit and soul of the everyday people who live and work in the city --until, that is, the Detroit-based watch, bicycle, and leather goods manufacturing company Shinola choose the legendary photographer Bruce Weber to capture the essence of the city for it's newest campaign.
Rana Florida interviews Robert Hammond, co-founder of the non-profit Friends of the High Line with its goals at first to save the elevated railway, then to transform it into a vibrant public space in NY.
Rana Florida takes a look at the positive in Detroit, from great universities and walkable neighborhoods, to cultural and natural amenities, the city and surrounding region have a lot to offer.
This newest installment of Creative Spaces not only highlights amazing pools at exclusive resorts that many of us can only dream of but also great pools to dip in at a neighborhood park.
This newest installment of Creative Spaces celebrates the cities that have done the work and spent the money to make vibrant and dynamic waterfronts -- great spots where tourists and locals alike can gather, play and reflect.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have scoured the US in search of some of the best AZA accredited animal enclosures.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have scoured the world to find schools that truly celebrate and inculcate creativity -- whether through their design and architecture, art or music programs, or new ways of thinking. We decided to stick to public schools since most private schools charge high enough tuitions to create complete utopias if they wish.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have scoured scoured the world for playgrounds old and new, large and small with a visit to any one of them leaving you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have scoured the streets of cities in North America and the UK to bring you the most compelling graffiti projects we could find.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have assembled a slideshow of memorable parking garages from all over the world.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have assembled a slideshow of the world's top 10 creative restaurant spaces, places that highlight creativity, art, design, sustainability, and the surrounding landscape.
In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, in honor of Super Bowl XLVI, we have assembled a slideshow to highlight stadiums from around the world -- places that celebrate and highlight creativity and add real curb appeal to their neighborhoods.
Rana Florida's series, Creative Spaces, which started out with homes, has expanded to cities with this edition featuring some of most inspired repurposed buildings we've seen, in Maastricht and elsewhere.
Rana Florida's series, Creative Spaces, which started out with homes, has expanded to cities with this first edition highlighting some of Miami's most creative and imaginative public art displays and spaces.