Wat is nu toch een innovatiedsitrict?

Enkele weken geleden verscheen in het Financieel Dagblad een artikel over innovatiedistricten in Nederland ( Innovatiedistricten zijn een antwoord op de huidige gebreken van het science park concept: te monofunctioneel, introvert, geen multimodale bereikbaarheid en geen aantrekkelijke dynamische omgeving, om er enkele te noemen (zie verder Van Dinteren & Jansen, 2022). Het concept lijkt beter aan te sluiten op de wensen van de huidige jonge, hoogopgeleide generatie. Bedrijven gaan graag daar zitten waar ze het talent kunnen aantrekken. Als ook nog andere innovatieve bedrijven in de nabijheid zijn gevestigd, dan wordt al helemaal aantrekkelijk. ………. (click on the title for further reading)

Successfully designing a knowledge environment

This paper explains the theory behind the creation and transformation of knowledge in organisations. It recognizes knowledge creation and sharing as behaviour that can be supported and encouraged by adequate space configuration. Furthermore, five design parameters are identified that play an important role in supporting knowledge behaviour and the creation of knowledge environments. In conclusion, each individual parameter is discussed based on literature and research from the field of knowledge management as well as organisational psychology ………. (click on the title for further reading)

Success factors of science parks re-examined

Innovation is the keyword in government plans to strengthen the economic climate. Numerous conditions will have to be created for a successful innovation policy. What cannot be overlooked in this process is the specific environment that businesses require to be able to work on new ideas, products and services successfully. Areas of innovation can provide such an environment. The development of areas of innovation is many times more complex than the development of a regular business park. Therefore, the development of such areas calls for ………. (click on the title for further reading)

Considerations for science parks to remain competitive

During the fourth industrial revolution, there could be competition between science parks and innovation districts. The latter seems to be a better answer to changing demand by innovative companies and knowledge workers. However, the science park concept is not static. We think the science park has its own position amidst industrial innovation campuses and innovation districts. But (old, depreciated) science ….  (click on the title to continue reading)

The emergence of innovation districts in the UK

Innovation districts are urban areas with networks of knowledge-producing organisations such as universities, research bodies, teaching hospitals, cultural institutions, and knowledge-intensive businesses. Innovation districts are becoming the locations of choice for spin-out, start-up, and scale-up science and technology-driven firms, as well as for larger businesses undertaking research and development………  (click on the title to continue reading)

The university as a catalyst in innovation district development

In this paper, Paul Jansen and Jacques van Dinteren focus on the role of universities in innovation districts. Regarding the growing interest in innovation districts, the question arises if an innovation district can do without a university. Or, the other way around, can a university campus be a good starting point for an innovation district?  ………  (click on the title to continue reading)

Campus to city: urban design for universities

The ‘campus’ is a phenomenon of increasing relevance to modern urban planning. In Europe, universities are reconsidering their societal position and taking on extensive reorganisations and expansions of their physical structures. The postwar university campus, as an isolated community of scholars, is subject to thorough revision. In Asia, on the other hand, new campus-style universities …..  (click on the title to continue reading)

Managing the ecosystem of innovation areas

While the emphasis early on was on the physical development, along with the way developers started realising that science and technology parks (STPs) require an entirely different approach. This blog (partly based on earlier ones) starts with presenting an overview of the development of the STP-concept and the impact of management on the success of these parks. In The Netherlands, that success is, to a certain extent, often hampered by the fact that several parties are involved…….  (click on the title to continue reading)

Real estate and hospitality: inseperable

As the hospitality experts of The Innovation Area Development Partnership, we are often called upon to create added value to campuses and their buildings so that campus and building residents feel optimally facilitated. And too often, we find out that the power of hospitality in the design phase is constantly underestimated. Of course, there is always (usually…) sufficient attention paid to ensuring …..  (click on the title to continue reading)

Room for knowledge development

Any services and knowledge economy includes numerous innovative companies and institutions that are engaged in research, data, knowledge and information and the acquisition and transmission thereof. For a large number of these organisations, an office location is sufficient. However, when it comes to basic research – especially in terms of beta …….  (click on the title to continue reading)

Concept and market orientation: heart and soul of the urban master plan

Studying major urban developments worldwide, we find that successful projects have a clear and convincing concept in common. A concept strong enough to guide the planning and building process and attractive enough to tempt the market to invest. The question is how to generate such a …….  (click on the title to continue reading)

Science parks: the factors of success

Innovation is the key word in government plans to strengthen the economic climate. Numerous conditions will have to be created for a successful innovation policy. What cannot be overlooked in this process is the physical environment that businesses need to successfully work on new ideas, products and services. These ……  (click on the title to continue reading)

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The industrial innovation campus

For today’s businesses, it is crucial to work together on innovation with other firms and organisations. Technology has become so specialised that no one can afford to do everything on their own. Co-creation and co-development with partner firms, institutions and universities are essential for being successful. Most new, successful products are the result of collaborative work between engineers,……  (click on the title to continue reading)

Science parks: market based design

Thanks to the multitude of ways to communicate that are available today, it is sometimes said that distance no longer matters and that – by extension – the geographic location of STPs has become much less important. Nothing could be further from the truth. Surveys among businesses located at STPs demonstrate this. For example, for businesses at Dutch STPs, the proximity of a university, …..  (click on the title to continue reading)

The management of science parks and innovation areas

The science park concept is not static. Given the nature of the activities and the institutions it focuses on, it should not be considered likely that this would be a static concept. Until the beginning of this century, this concept was predominantly viewed as a ‘stand-alone’ activity and often primarily as a real estate development. Currently, …………  (click on the title to continue reading)

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