At Nesta we're asking what effect does the physical environment have on our ability to innovate and think creatively?
It affects the way we work, think and interact.
That’s why building environments that encourage creative collaboration has become a central issue for organisations and city planners globally. From the corporate Googleplex to the startup accelerator and the innovation campus, billions are being spent on the innovative work-scapes of the future.
The ‘architecture of innovation’ is not itself anything new. Sixty years ago biologist Jonas Salk claimed his discovery of the polio vaccine only came when he swapped his basement lab for an Italian monastery which eventually became the template for the iconic Louis Kahn-designed Salk Institute. Yet uninspiring architecture can still be great idea generators from MIT’s leaky Building 20 to the garage startups of Silicon Valley.
As new cloisters of creativity are built across the world we're interested in what difference today’s workplace design can make to our ability to innovate for tomorrow.
At this point we have more questions than we have answers:
We are about to commission some original research and will be convening a global seminar later in the year. If you are interested in these issues then we'd love to hear from you.