I.D.E.A. District

New research facility could jumpstart the I.D.E.A. District

UCSD dreaming up a downtown ‘co-laboratory’

The San Diego Union Tribune covered last week’s San Diego Architectural Foundation’s forum on the IDEA District, where UCSD’s Mary Walshok spoke about the establishment of a co-lab.

UC San Diego, wanting to broaden research beyond its campus classrooms, is considering setting up a “collaboration laboratory” downtown where students and faculty would explore solutions to social and urban ills.

University-backed research is just what the area needs.

But the “co-laboratory” also could jump start East Village’s 35-acre I.D.E.A. District south of San Diego High School as a new employment center for innovation, design, education and the arts, downtown boosters hope.

This innovative push by UCSD is a promising collaboration.

David Malmuth, who with Pete Garcia has been championing the I.D.E.A. District for several years, said UCSD’s presence might be key to getting innovative startups and established companies to locate in East Village.

See the entire article here on the Union Tribune.

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News source: San Diego U-T