ATLAS OF INNOVATION DISTRICTS
Aretian has developed the first systematic study of the 50 most powerful innovation districts of the United States: their specialization, economic impact, and the characteristics of the urban ecosystems that welcome and enhance them.
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Atlas of Innovation Districts Report
“We welcome academic studies and methodologies that help us to better inform strategic decisions that accelerate innovation.”
Executive Vice President and Treasurer at MIT
President of the MIT Corporation
“MIT is intensely interested in supporting the evolution of Kendall Square, which is being transformed into an urban, mixed-use district with a focus on strengthening community interaction and the area’s innovation ecosystem. We welcome academic studies and methodologies that help us to better inform strategic decisions that accelerate innovation. More than a century after physically moving MIT’s campus to Cambridge, the Kendall development project allows us to create a destination and talent magnet – an environment where people can live, work and play, unleashing a new era of groundbreaking discovery and economic growth across the region. I can imagine Kendall Square a decade from now, with the expanded capacity making it possible to realize an amplified innovation playground anchored on and around MIT.”
“This research provides novel methodologies and metrics for refining economic development strategies that are responsive to the various growth stages of multi-sector innovation.”
Faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Design
"Developing the intelligence necessary to measure the spatial logics of economic clustering is key for urban policy-makers. This research provides novel methodologies and metrics for refining economic development strategies that are responsive to the various growth stages of multi-sector innovation. While comparative urban benchmarking often fails to capture subsample characteristics, this work forces us to rethink the starting and ending points in time and space and not just the degrees of organizational and sector maturity."