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Welcome to The City and You: Find Your Best Place. I'm excited to have you in the class and look forward to your contributions to the other learners in our community. This free course will provide the knowledge and the tools needed to understand what cities do, why they matter, the forces shaping the greatest wave of urbanization in history, and how to pick the right place for you. The course will also help you develop critical thinking skills. We'll accomplish this by providing evidence of the importance of cities, and why and how they matter to you. Then we’ll ask you to apply what you’ve learned in an exercise which will help you assess your own community and find your best place. This course is accessible and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about cities and the ways they affect our lives. It is organized around five key modules: (1) Why Cities Matter, (2) A World of Cities, (3) The Creative City, (4) The Divided City and the New Urban Crisis, and (5) How to Find the Best Place for You. After completing the course, you will be able to: (1) Identify why cities are the drivers of economic prosperity; (2) Explain the drivers and implications of fast-growing urbanization worldwide; (3) Outline the key characteristics of a creative and innovative city; (4) Describe the social divides and challenges facing cities and the solutions cities are using to address them; and (5) Recognize the trade-offs of staying in your current city versus moving, and identify the best place for you and your family to live. Good luck as you get started, and I hope you enjoy the course!...
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Approx. 18 heures pour terminer
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English

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Section
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2 heures pour terminer

Why Cities Matter

This session will help you to understand the importance of cities for both the economy and society, as well as, you and your family. Today, more than three and a half billion people live in cities, which is more than half of the world's population. That figure is projected to rise to as many as 10 billion people or 85 percent of the world's population over the next century. Cities are our premier platforms for generating new innovations, higher levels of economic growth, and new and better jobs. We will discuss why and how cities are important, and why picking the right city to live is important to your career, well-being, and life....
Reading
7 vidéos (Total 36 min), 6 lectures, 2 quiz
Video7 vidéos
What The City and You is About & How It Will Benefit You (Instructor Video)3 min
Why Cities Matter (Instructor Video)8 min
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - Cohort 16 min
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - Cohort 23 min
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - Cohort 34 min
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition9 min
Reading6 lectures
Course Syllabus15 min
Why Cities Matter10 min
What Makes for a Great City10 min
Triumph of the City15 min
Jane Jacobs - Who Changed the Way We Think About Cities15 min
Optional Activity: Living Atlas10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pause and Reflect: Should You Stay or Move?10 min
Why Cities Matter10 min

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2 heures pour terminer

A World of Cities

This session will help you understand the opportunities and challenges of urbanization around the world. Global urbanization has the power to lift living standards, create economic opportunity and jobs, reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency, and make the world safer. But, many cities in the developing world remain poor, with millions of people crowded into global slums. ...
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 41 min), 6 lectures, 2 quiz
Video6 vidéos
Opportunities & Challenges of Global Cities (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the exercise for this week)4 min
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - Cohort 17 min
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - Cohort 25 min
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - Cohort 34 min
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition9 min
Reading6 lectures
The World is Spiky15 min
Planet of Cities10 min
Urbanization Without Growth10 min
The Problem of Global Slums10 min
Why Cities Matter in the Developing World10 min
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Population Density Map10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pause and Reflect: Tell Us about Your Global City10 min
A World of Cities12 min

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2 heures pour terminer

The Creative City

Cities have been the fonts of creativity since the dawn of civilization. The clustering of creative people in them and the diversity they bring is what drives key advances in arts, culture, and technology. These wellsprings of human progress have always occurred in our great cities from Athens and Rome to London, New York, and the emerging economies in Asia. This session will help you better understand how the clustering of diverse groups of creative people in cities spurs artistic achievement, scientific and technological advance, and human progress....
Reading
7 vidéos (Total 44 min), 6 lectures, 2 quiz
Video7 vidéos
Technology, Talent and Tolerance in the Creative City (Instructor Video)7 min
How Cities Spur Creativity (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the exercise for this week)4 min
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up- Cohort 17 min
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up- Cohort 24 min
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up- Cohort 32 min
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition8 min
Reading6 lectures
Creativity and Cities10 min
Global Startup Cities10 min
The Urban Tech Revolution10 min
The Geography of Innovation10 min
Optional Activity - UNESCO Creative Cities Network15 min
Innovation10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pause and Reflect: Your Creative City10 min
On the Creative City10 min

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2 heures pour terminer

The New Urban Crisis

This session will help you better understand the New Urban Crisis and the growing economic divides that challenge cities today. In the second half of the 20th century, society was divided between poorer cities and richer suburbs. But, over the past decade or so, affluent and educated people have flocked back to urban centers pushing poverty out to the suburbs. Today, middle-class neighborhoods are in decline and our societies are defined by small areas of concentrated advantaged surrounded by much larger areas of concentrated disadvantage spanning the city and its suburb alike....
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 47 min), 5 lectures, 2 quiz
Video6 vidéos
Gentrification and the Divided City (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the exercise for this module)4 min
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-Up- Cohort 17 min
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-Up Cohort 211 min
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-Up Cohort 35 min
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition8 min
Reading5 lectures
Why America's Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer15 min
How Expensive Housing is Stifling of Creativity of Cities15 min
The Divided City15 min
Confronting the New Urban Crisis15 min
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Wealth Divides10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pause and Reflect: The Divides and Challenges of Your City10 min
The New Urban Crisis10 min
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par RSNov 2nd 2017

Great course for gaining a better understanding on what makes cities successful, what their challenges are, and how to compare them from an objective viewpoint.

par TDNov 5th 2017

Thanks Prof. Florida, you really opened my eyes to possibility of relocation as a serious endeavour for my future success and happiness!

Enseignant

Richard Florida

University Professor and Director of Cities, University of Toronto
Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management

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