”Categorizing the collaboration and community promotion spaces that make urban innovation ecosystems tick
A variety of collaboration spaces are spreading across urban innovation ecosystems. This makes sense intuitively, because collaboration spaces create and — in some cases — manage and sustain the communities that make the ecosystem exist and grow.
I believe that collaboration spaces are, in fact, one of the key elements to create and grow urban innovation ecosystems in cities. Our current research in mapping urban innovation is starting to provide results that seem to validate this hypothesis. We are seeing that collaboration spaces that create and manage communities are critical nodes of city urban innovation ecosystems.
We will share more results about this analysis in future blogs but given the relevance of these spaces, I summarized what I believe are the most relevant categories of collaboration spaces. This list, which I prepared for a paper I am working on, is not prescriptive and it is not closed by any means. To the contrary, it just presents a starting point and I welcome comments to expand and refine these categories.”
Tentative categories by Victor Mulas:
Fabrication labs (Fablabs)
Example: Techshop®, multiple locations (http://www.techshop.ws)
Examples: Urban Lab, Barcelona (http://www.22barcelona.com/content/view/698/897/lang,en); New Urban Mechanics, Boston (http://www.newurbanmechanics.org/boston
Industry innovation labs
Example: U+I Labs, Chicago (http://www.uilabs.org)