The rise of the millennials has seen these companies moving out of the traditional tech hubs, in search of more appealing urban locations that enable them to attract the best talent. The Innovation District is the fastest growing start-up area in the greater Boston metroplex, and maybe the fastest growing anywhere in the nation.
What makes it appealing? It’s a combination of excellent food, great transport access, and urban amenity.
Via Verde, New York – affordable housing reimagined
Via Verde is easily the most inspiring of affordable housing projects. The concept evolved from a competition run by Shaun Donovan, then commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, now President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development.
The idea was to spur developers to team with architects to combine the latest green concepts with high-quality architecture for a public-housing project, a “beacon,” that would “re-engage design with the issue of affordable housing.” They enlisted two architectural firms, the glamorous, high-profile London-based Grimshaw Architects, for whom this was an unusual project, and Dattner Architects, from New York.