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Innovation Spaces: The New Design of Work

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

Authors Julie Wagner and Dan Watch draw from nearly 50 in-depth interviews with global-reaching and local-serving architects and innovation space managers to analyze the continuum of modern innovation-oriented workspaces. They find the role of well-designed innovation spaces in improving firm competitiveness, company culture, and the formulation of new products and ideas, offers important lessons for companies, universities and other drivers of the innovation economy on how to re-imagine space given three major trends in modern innovation. The report includes guidance for creating physical spaces for innovation and collaboration. The guide was intended for those interested in economic development but can be adapted for public sector innovation.

Innovation spaces offer important insights for a large body of thinkers and leaders aimed to strengthen local competitiveness. The question that remains is whether they will learn from what can be found in their own backyards.

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