Created to position Los Angeles as a sustainability leader, La Kretz Innovation Campus advances development of clean technology and the city’s vision for an inclusive green economy. Courtesy JFAK Architects Recent sessions of the RBA/Northeastern University Myra Kraft Open Classroom Inspiring Design: Creating Beautiful, Just, and Inspiring Places in America series featured speakers from Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. They described how inclusive design can help build social infrastructure and capital, enabling communities to tackle big challenges such as climate change, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and homelessness. Their comments reinforced the value of visionary leadership, engaging and empowering people, and design thinking—all key themes from previous sessions on Planning Equity, Engaging Communities via Food and Education , and Building Equity with Housing and Parks . In Fostering Innovative Civic Leadership , creators of the La Kretz Innovation Campus (2017 RBA Silver Medalist), a cleantech incubator and demonstration facility, discussed the role of civic collaboration and design in realizing the project’s ambitious vision. According to former COO Ben Stapleton (now USGBC-LA executive director), the facility is the first of its kind in the world to offer a closed-loop innovation system for developing, testing, and launching new […]

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