Richard Florida. Photo by Roshan Nebhrajani

Leading urbanist Richard Florida will discuss the effect COVID-19 and its related economic, fiscal, social and political fallout have had on cities. He will also outline how post-pandemic, cities can rebuild to be more resilient and equitable.

About Richard Florida

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists.

He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a Faculty Chair at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate.

He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning "The Rise of the Creative Class" and his most recent book, "The New Urban Crisis." He is co-founder of CityLab, the leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism.

He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.

About the Kinder Institute Forum

The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series brings thought leaders from around the world to Houston to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. Previous KI Forum speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, global urbanist Richard Florida, Kresge Foundation senior fellow Carol Coletta, Detroit city planner Maurice Cox, sociologist Eric Klinenberg and New York City Park Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.

PNC Bank is the title sponsor of the 2021 Kinder Institute Forum series. This program is eligible for 1 CM credit from the American Planning Association.