Can the World's Largest Office Park Change its Suburban Stripes?

North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park has a problem: the massive business park is woefully outdated, in both economic and architectural terms. Can it regain its status as a cutting-edge center of innovation by taking a page from the New Urbanism?
September 22, 2013, 7am PDT | Anna Bergren Miller | @abergrenmiller
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Built in the 1950s, the 7,000-acre campus—once a shining example of the suburbanization of American industry—is today home to more than 170 companies, including IBM, Cisco, and GlaxoSmithKline. But retaining existing residents, and attracting new ones, is increasingly difficult in today’s economy, where research and development occupy less physical space, and where many start-ups gravitate toward urban centers.

Bob Geolas, the chief executive officer of the campus’s foundation, wants to make Research Triangle Park relevant again, James Oliphant writes. Geolas envisions a new “global convergence center” housing laboratory space, plus a demonstration space akin to Disney’s EPCOT. The guiding architectural principle of the renovated park, which is in its earliest planning stages, would be New Urbanism’s emphasis on contact and sustainability.

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Published on Friday, September 20, 2013 in The Atlantic Cities
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