ARC Book Talk: Sharon Zukin Presents: The Innovation Complex

NOV 12, 2020 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM



November 12, 2020: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)



Sharon Zukin
The Innovation Complex:  Cities, Tech, and the New Economy‚Äč
(Oxford University Press, 2020)

You hear a lot these days about "innovation and entrepreneurship" and about how "good jobs" in tech will save our cities. Yet these common tropes hide a stunning reality: local lives and fortunes are tied to global capital. You see this clearly in metropolises such as San Francisco and New York that have emerged as "superstar cities." In these cities, startups bloom, jobs of the future multiply, and a meritocracy trained in digital technology, backed by investors who control deep pools of capital, forms a new class: the tech-financial elite. In The Innovation Complex, the eminent urbanist Sharon Zukin shows the way these forces shape the new urban economy through a rich and illuminating account of the rise of the tech sector in New York City. Drawing from original interviews with venture capitalists, tech evangelists, and economic development officials, she shows how the ecosystem forms and reshapes the city from the ground up.

Zukin, Professor Emerita of Sociology at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, was an Advanced Research Collaborative Distinguished Fellow.