Innovation Economy

Detroit, Michigan

Placemaking Redefined by a New Era of Federal Investment

Six tips for ensuring that new placed-based funding programs, such as the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, achieve the full potential of a new era of place-based federal investment.

December 12, 2022 - Brookings

UC San Diego

Why Great Cities Need Great Universities

Universities do more than teach classes; they can help transform economies and elevate cities to greatness. UC San Diego is banking on it.

May 27, 2017 - The Planning Report

Boston innovation district banner with lofts

Status Report: the Rise of Innovation Districts

Last year, the "innovation district" rose to prominence as a way to describe urban knowledge economy epicenters. This report from Bruce Katz and Brookings describes how the phenomenon continues to evolve.

July 12, 2015 - Brookings

Cornell's $2 Billion Campus in New York Will 'Bridge' Academia and Corporations

The eagerly anticipated addition of a $2 billion campus for Cornell on Roosevelt Island will include a gesture toward the new model of innovation economy that directly connects universities with their cities.

June 17, 2015 - Fast Co.Exist

Busy Downtown

On the Creative Neighborhood's Two Basic Forms

Richard Florida discusses a study comparing the neighborhoods that house "creative" industries. Science and tech tends to favor low-density office parks, while arts and cultural industries prefer mixed-use urban districts.

May 19, 2015 - CityLab

Cities Court Medical and Educational Facilities in Hopes of Stimulating Development

The rise of the innovation economy is driving fierce competition between cities across America to attract medical facilities and universities as job providers and engines of development.

August 13, 2012 - Urban Land Magazine

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.