What can an innovation hub become? Join us in envisioning the future of spaces for creatives, workers, and residents in the valley through collaborative design thinking methodology. We are partnering with the ASU Design School to think about the future Smith Industrial Innovation Hub, a new City of Tempe initiative that aims to mix economic development promoting investment and job creation with placemaking work that is meaningful and supports designers, artists, workers, residents, and other creative practitioners.
We will begin with a dive into the site presented by Tempe Economic Development staff and ASU graduate students who are tackling this project this fall. We will then explore ideation techniques to envision the possible futures of the innovation hub. What does the innovation hub look like? How can it engage and create opportunities local art and design communities? How can it support local communities? Smith is the pilot project for nine future innovation hubs across Tempe that the city approved earlier this year, your ideas may become instrumental in influencing development of this new initiative supporting creative practitioners, residents, and local businesses.
This event is an extension of an ASU graduate class. City of Tempe staff will also be on hand to answer questions.
6:00pm - Mingle and enjoy free food & drinks
6:30pm - Overview of the Smith Innovation Hub presented by Tempe Economic Development staff and ASU graduate students
7:00pm- Explore ideation techniques to envision the possible futures of the innovation hub
8:00pm - Done!
Parking nearest to the Design North Building is in the Orange/10th Street Garage or in parking lots 14 and 20, rates for the garage and the parking lot are $3/hour and can be paid via credit/debit card or via the Parkmobile app. If coming by light rail, the nearest station is Veteran’s Ave/College Way Station, which is a 7 minute walk, directly south on Forest Avenue.
Special thanks to The ASU Design School, The City of Tempe and Idea Farm for the support!
See you there :)