Integrated Urban Incubator

by Brian Larson | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

An Integrated Urban Incubator is a community where not only businesses and organizations, but people’s lives and ideas can begin. It brings together many worthy ideas, helps them grow, and becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

An Integrated Urban Incubator(IUI)is a starting place for all components of a thriving community: living, working, shopping, gathering, entertaining, educating, worshiping, and recreation. Co-locating these in a distinct, walkable district allows transformative, compounding benefits to occur.

When these aspects of community are co-located, people’s time and lives can be reclaimed. If daily commuting, driving and parking are not needed for those living here, opportunities for serendipitous interaction increase. Living, working, shopping, and socializing can all happen close by. With many daily needs for a car eliminated, parking can be reduced, with co-owned or leased cars feasible.

The IUI’s goal is to incubate not only office space, but retail, restaurant, gallery/studio, education, manufacturing, entertainment and worship spaces – in short, all that a community needs. And though “incubators” often refer to start-up business ventures, the IUI uniquely applies to people – especially those just starting out, or just starting over. These include singles, newly single, new couples, new families with children, newly retired, newly childless. All of these “start-up people” need unique, affordable housing close to work and community opportunities.

There are many correlations between the start-up needs of businesses, organizations and people. All new start-ups need infrastructure and affordable space. They also face relative isolation from other businesses, people and support. By co-locating, and providing opportunities to interact, businesses and people can help each other – and downtown St. Paul - thrive.

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About You

First Name

Brian

Last Name

Larson

City

Stillwater

County

Washington

Country

United States, MN

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Larson Architects LLC

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651-430-0056

Organization Address

807 N. 4th St.

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Stillwater, MN 55082

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United States, MN

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Integrated Urban Incubator

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

An Integrated Urban Incubator is a community where not only businesses and organizations, but people’s lives and ideas can begin. It brings together many worthy ideas, helps them grow, and becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
An Integrated Urban Incubator(IUI)is a starting place for all components of a thriving community: living, working, shopping, gathering, entertaining, educating, worshiping, and recreation. Co-locating these in a distinct, walkable district allows transformative, compounding benefits to occur.
When these aspects of community are co-located, people’s time and lives can be reclaimed. If daily commuting, driving and parking are not needed for those living here, opportunities for serendipitous interaction increase. Living, working, shopping, and socializing can all happen close by. With many daily needs for a car eliminated, parking can be reduced, with co-owned or leased cars feasible.
The IUI’s goal is to incubate not only office space, but retail, restaurant, gallery/studio, education, manufacturing, entertainment and worship spaces – in short, all that a community needs. And though “incubators” often refer to start-up business ventures, the IUI uniquely applies to people – especially those just starting out, or just starting over. These include singles, newly single, new couples, new families with children, newly retired, newly childless. All of these “start-up people” need unique, affordable housing close to work and community opportunities.
There are many correlations between the start-up needs of businesses, organizations and people. All new start-ups need infrastructure and affordable space. They also face relative isolation from other businesses, people and support. By co-locating, and providing opportunities to interact, businesses and people can help each other – and downtown St. Paul - thrive.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The IUI is an incubator – yet not just for businesses, but for people. It is a starting place for those in all stages and walks of life; a place for ideas, transition and growth. Currently, we have some of the critical components in our downtown. There are even incubators for business and retail in a few locations in the metro area. But these entities are fragmented and non-cohesive (non-integrated). Their sum is not greater than their parts. The IUI brings together all of the pieces - combining business/work opportunities with housing, walk-ability, transportation and parking, and especially the creation of a sense of place and identity. Sharing an entrepreneurial energy, the IUI can become a co-residential, co-working, co-playing, co-shopping, co-living community.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The Integrated Urban Incubator(IUI) forms a place for people to recreate themselves; to start or re-start lives, work, and social opportunities in a walkable community. It is by nature a broad, collaborative effort, involving people from the full spectrum of community. Downtown St. Paul will be revitalized by the IUI as well, drawing entrepreneurial energy into its core with these start-up individuals and organizations. As people, business and other entities from the IUI grow and mature, their start in St. Paul will tend to keep them in the area, supporting the vitality of the City.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

A key Integrated Urban Incubators (IUI) concept is that when incubator residents, businesses, or other entities become fully “incubated”, they may move on into the existing market, making room for the next round of community entrepreneurs . Because of their start in downtown St. Paul, many of these mature entities will remain in the area. This Incubator District may also spawn surrounding districts of similar but more mature versions of itself. Other communities, large and small, will also be inspired to create their own IUIs, using their unique existing infrastructure, and responding to their own local goals and needs.

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