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What Is an Innovation Hub?

An innovation hub is a physical space that brings together researchers, creators and innovators to nurture ideas into industry-changing products and services. It can be the focal point of a city or a center of activity within an innovation district that encourages collaboration, serves as…

Wake Forest Biotech Place Celebrates 10 Years

It’s been a decade. Ten years since the former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company manufacturing facility opened its renovated doors as Wake Forest Biotech Place. Ten years since over 450 scientists and researchers set up shop in pursuit of advancing their research into commercialized products. Ten…

Placemaking

How Public Spaces can Engage Your Community and Improve Quality of Life The Definition of Placemaking Placemaking is an intentional use of public spaces to strengthen community connections among people and a place itself. Placemaking can manifest in many forms, from a public park equipped…

Five Placemaking Projects that Inspire Us

Placemaking is a dynamic approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. By highlighting a local community’s assets and unleashing their potential, placemaking intentionally creates public spaces that promote people’s well-being. The Four Types of Placemaking Standard placemaking is the process of creating…

Creative Placemaking in the Innovation Quarter

Have you heard of creative placemaking? In the City of Arts and Innovation, you don’t have to look far to find examples of it. After all—creativity and innovation go hand in hand. The Importance of Creative Placemaking in iQ Creative placemaking extends our mission to…

The Importance of Public Space for Connection, Innovation

Public spaces are widely accessible to the general population and are typically owned or controlled by a government entity. However, the successful ones engage the community, promote spatial justice and improve quality of life by embodying four qualities: accessibility, usability, sociability and livability. These characteristics…

Our Placemaking Principles

We cannot discount the countless hours of conversations, research and planning that have gone into molding the Innovation Quarter into what it is today. However, a few grounding principles have been critical to realizing our placemaking vision and goal to create a welcoming public space…

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking is defined as intentional use of public spaces to strengthen community connections among people and a place itself. Standard placemaking is all about creating engaging, quality locations. It’s a process that draws the community together and encourages collective ownership and shared use of public…

We’re Thankful for Our Community

Seven Things We're Grateful for about the Innovation Quarter In the spirit of the season, we’re reflecting on our community—its beauty, strength, diversity, resilience and creativity—and how thankful we are for the people and organizations that make the Innovation Quarter a place for all to…

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