The landscape of innovation has historically been dominated by “suburban corridors of spatially isolated corporate campuses, accessible only by car, with little emphasis on the quality of life or on integrating work, housing, and recreation”
(KATZ & WAGNER)
More recently, the link between economy shaping, place-making and social networking with institutions, companies and workers has shown that proximity to knowledge enhances innovation and its translation to market.
This is embodied in the advent of Innovation Districts where function creates a sense of place which is not based on a collection of starchitect buildings but a built environment that promotes ownership in its purpose and success.
Australian Education City’s flagship Innovation District is proposed for development at the East Werribee Employment Precinct Site. As the fastest growing corridor in Victoria, the location has held strategic value for successive governments.
Our Innovation District model is derived from the logic of what can create demand for the development of a large scale metropolis, with education and innovation as its main themes to leverage Victoria’s growing export of tertiary education, tourism and its global standing as a research and learning node.
The Innovation District includes a range of precincts that integrate together within a larger, sustainable city that represents a new era for future urban development. With end-users at the centre of our philosophy the design co-locates precincts to cover:
an international education precinct to cater for up to 52,500 students across an education pathway that includes early learning, primary and secondary schools and TAFE and leading university contributors from Australia, China and the United Kingdom;
a complimentary Research and Development (R&D) precinct;
an innovation and technology precinct; and
a commercial district whereby IP can be commercialised and manufactured in a domestic setting.
On completion, it is estimated that our first Innovation District proposed for the East Werribee Employment Precinct site will be home to some 80,000 residents who will benefit from its retail, commercial and entertainment districts that are energised by a vibrant street-level culture, and the diversity and excitement of a metropolitan experience.