ULI and the City of Rotterdam held a two-day workshop on the 7th & 8th of September on the subject of building innovation districts. Rotterdam is seeking to create an eco-innovation system as part of a longer term strategy to establish the city as a centre for innovation.
To ensure that their future plans were tested and challenged and that they drew on experience from cities elsewhere in the world, the city partnered with ULI on the two-day workshop. The event brought together an international group of practitioners with expertise working on urban innovation districts, including speakers from Tel Aviv, San Diego and Munich.
A report of the workshop’s findings and recommendations will be published in mid-October. The report will provide lessons and guidance on innovation strategy relevant not just to Rotterdam, but other cities tackling similar issues.
The report will be accompanied by four case studies: the Rotterdam innovation district, Tel Aviv as a smart city, the I.D.E.A. District in San Diego, and Munich as a city of innovation.