It seems that co-working/incubators/makerspaces are all the rage, and are getting plenty of press recently.

I have seen a number of articles just in the last few days, describing how these types of workspaces are coming into fruition.  But what does this mean?  These types of spaces are the topsoil for bottom-up innovation.   By allowing access to tools and providing spaces for like minded individuals to coalesce, you have the beginnings of entrepreneurs willing to shape their future and their environments.  By having these types of environments, discussion, dialogue, and yes,  . . action, can occur to propel us into a vivacious future.
Here is Pratt Unversity’s take on combining an entrepreneurial design incubator, with their academic world:
http://www.metropolismag.com/October-2014/Nurturing-Talent/
 
Here is Temple University’s take on a design incubator, and Pop-up market, the Hatchery:
http://articles.philly.com/2014-10-28/business/55487853_1_hatchery-degree-program-design-program
Will Wright provides his insight on the Association for Computer Aided Design (ACADIA) conference 2014 which just finished up in Los Angeles. One of the highlights he writes about was hearing Neil Gershenfeld, who is father of the Fab Lab, the progenitor model for many makerspaces around the world.
http://aialosangeles.businesscatalyst.com/home-page-latest-news/grasshoppers-rhinos-and-fab-labs-at-acadia#.VFKiW77IbHh
 
ADX, a Portland based makerspace was reported on in Metropolis magazine.  This makerspace seems very much like our Bay Area Techshop, which has locations, in SF, San Jose, San Carlos, as well as other locations across the country.
http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/October-2014/A-Makerspace-with-Urban-Ambitions/#.VFJhVdagQRA.email
In Detroit, young entrepreneurs are looking to re-build parts of the city, as well kick-start their business with a residence/ co-working space.
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3037093/change-generation/rebuilding-a-detroit-home-to-live-in-in-hopes-of-rebuidling-the-city
And finally, in San Diego, there are creating a whole Makers Quarter, as part of the downtown redevelopment.  The interesting piece is instead of pre-planning everything as per typical urban planning, there is a section of the downtown that will be left raw for community events and activation.
http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=7621#.VFKpWr7IbHg
Then again, I just hope this is not just frothy hype churned up the media conglomerates, chasing whatever has the scent of newness.  What do you think?
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