Can You Design Innovation?
The FastCoDesign website described many of the characteristics of an innovation district: it’s composed of cutting-edge research, business incubators, startups, advanced technical networking, commercial spaces, housing, transit accessibility, social spaces, and amenities. It goes beyond generic “mixed use” construction to embody a recipe of specific attributes that, in theory, fuel innovation. Everything is packed into a dense area. When you mix all these things together, people, who in the old model of city building might remain siloed, have the opportunity to mingle. And being the social creatures that they are, then spark conversations with those outside of their direct discipline and potentially come up with incredible new ideas. There is a larger cultural shift toward open innovation in play.
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