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Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy

What can we learn from cities that have a history of innovation and success? Cities as a Lab provides insights, case studies, and ideas that offer policy and design solutions for buildings and neighborhoods that help build next-generation economies. Read the report: 10 MB PDF for screen or 10 MB PDF for print

(Cover photo by Chad Ress.)

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Hunt Library, Centennial Campus, N.C. State University in Raleigh

Changing interactions between people and technology are reshaping schools, universities, and libraries into environments where people learn from one another through exploration, interaction, access, and experimentation. Full report (10 MB PDF)
(Hunt Library, Raleigh, N.C. Architect: Snohetta with Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee. Photo courtesy N.C. State University.)


Impact Hub co-working at 5M, San Francisco

Co-location brings people together: tech meets the arts, tinkering meets advanced robotics, nonprofit meets investor. Places that enable such bump-and-spark interactions may be built from scratch or creatively designed within existing buildings. Full report (10 MB PDF)

(Impact Hub San Francisco at 5M. Photo courtesy Forest City.)

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