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“Cities as a Lab” Report Spotlights How Innovative Design Strengthens Economy and Spurs Invention in Urban America
Date:9/20/2013

e can lessen the impact from natural disasters by designing more resilient communities.”

Key examples cited in the report include:

  •     Boston Innovation District: Pioneering designers reshaped derelict wharves into a multidisciplinary hub for innovation and manufacturing, attracting 200 companies and 4,000 jobs to date.
  •     Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: Research parks experiment with layouts that create opportunities through proximity and knowledge exchange.
  •     Downtown Project, Las Vegas: An urban experiment in increasing meaningful chance encounters and thus productivity.
  •     5M Project, San Francisco: A budding intentional community of over 1,000 art and technology firms inverts the development process to reinvent underused offices.
  •     TechShop: In tech hubs from the Bay Area to Pittsburgh, tinkerers launch a resurgence in American product design and small-scale manufacturing.
  •     The Plant, Chicago: A vertical farm feeds off city waste, growing produce and small food businesses in an abandoned meatpacking plant.
  •     Flexible Offices: At corporations, start-up nonprofits, and the federal government alike, 60-80% of office employees applaud new collaborative plans that enable effective work in a connected, paperless era.
  •     City Streets: A fresh focus on street design gives architects a new canvas for creative placemaking, reclaiming sidewalks and streets as social spaces.
  •     Temporary Architecture: Architects use pop-up buildings to experiment with new forms and ideas, from cutting-edge modular solar houses to an instant market.
  •     EcoDistricts: Districts can adopt innovative policies quickly, but are large enoug
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