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Discoveries from the Atlas of Innovation Districts at the Smart City World Congress


Aretian and Harvard's Jeremy Burke and Ramon Gras presenting the Atlas of Innovation Districts at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona (19/11/2019)



The unique theory and city analytics methodology behind the Atlas of Innovation Districts unveils the key ingredients and dynamics behind the success of innovation districts.


By deploying evidence-based, data-driven techniques, fueled by an application of Complexity Science and Network Theory to urbanism and economic geography, we can measure, compare, contrast, and establish nontrivial causal relationships between key factors impacting the evolution of urban communities.


The Atlas of Innovation Districts presents a summary of the networks of talent, knowledge, and urban design infrastructure of 50 notable Innovation Districts across the US territory.


The lessons learned during the development of the Atlas of Innovation Districts allow us to raise the bar regarding best practices, malpractice to avoid, and key drivers to nurture and shape successful innovation districts in the future.


The Atlas of Innovation Districts is the first systematic analysis of knowledge-intensive districts in the US, and presents promising prospects for further learning, city analytics, and implementation guidelines.

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