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Event / Shaping Places for Open Innovation

November 12, 2015 @ 17:30 - 19:30 GMT



Shaping PLACES FOR OPEN INNOVATION: A forum to study how to enhance innovation through urbanism, nurture creativity during growth and generate creative proximity.

As part of an Academy of Urbanism series of learning and sharing forums, Mecanoo Architects and Creative Places are hosting a Cambridge event to explore how urbanism can impact open innovation and explore how cities should be shaped to encourage creative exchange, creative thinking and innovation enterprise. We will be exploring how open innovation is changing the rules of company R&D, the ease of employment mobility and ask how this is being reflected in urban patterns. In an age with a highly mobile workforce we will also explore what urban place characteristics attract a creative, innovation driven workforce to move there and why a city needs to encourage play to stimulate creative minds.

Learning from Cambridge, we will be exploring what has worked in the past and ask whether the current growth of Cambridge is best responding to the phenomenal change in innovation patterns. We will examine various creative clusters and contrast their urban form. We will explore the changes that have taken place globally since the establishment of the Cambridge Science Park in 1971 and ask how Cambridge is re-shaping itself to best respond to these changes.

As part of an evening of dialogue and exploration, we will also ask how we should collectively engage with the place that is Cambridge, to ensure that this place best serves the innovation cluster. With a structural plan for expansion being delivered, a new local plan being re-examined and the city deal driving to deliver greater economic development, where does collective learning and collaboration fit into the mix and how can this help shape growth for innovation and creativity? What collaboration do we need to undertake to achieve this? How can the private sector enhance the collective terrain of the city? Can the public sector assist further in the enhancement of innovation rich places delivered through the private sector? Should there be more private and public sector joint venturing? Is the city growth too narrowly focussed?

This event will be held at Thursday 12th November 2015 between 5.30pm – 7.30 pm, Lecture Room, Department of Architecture, 1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge, CB2 1PX. Refreshments will be served.



Adam Peavoy AoU
Academician, The Academy of Urbanism and Associate Architect, Mecanoo International.

Jonathan Burroughs AoU
Academician, The Academy of Urbanism and Creative Places

The Academy of Urbanism, is an autonomous, politically independent, cross-sector organisation formed in 2006 to expand urban discourse. The Academy brings together a diverse group of thinkers, decision-makers and practitioners involved in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of our villages, towns and cities, and is an active membership organisation.
The Academy seeks to identify, promote and disseminate lessons about good urbanism.

Mecanoo, officially founded in Delft in 1984 are a multidisciplinary practice, with over 120 creative professionals from 25 nationalities including architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects, architectural technicians and a support staff. We work all over the world with its Head Quarters in Delft and offices in Manchester and London.

Creative Places, founded in Cambridge in 2009, is a niche property advisory business focussed on the research and R&D sectors, helping to deliver business environments that enhance innovation. We work with major universities, hospitals and project promoters throughout the UK, and study international as well as national best practice in relation to our chosen field of specialisation.


November 12, 2015
17:30 - 19:30 GMT
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Cambridge University
1-5 Scroop Terrace
Cambridge, CB2 1PX United Kingdom
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