We are a creative community that wants to challenge status quo thinking in residential development. We believe there’s always a better, smarter, more elegant and sustainable way of doing things. And we want to find that way—for our communities, for our organizations, and for ourselves.
The Idea District is a tribe comprised of veterans and up-and-comers—a mashup of emergent thinking and hard-earned wisdom—united by a desire for disruptive, productive change. And, you know, there’s something magical about the collision of ideas from different walks of life (and stages of career). As the author Julian Barnes once wrote, “Perhaps the world progresses not by maturing, but by being in a permanent state of adolescence, of thrilled discovery.”
Our gatherings are designed to create an open, relaxed space for the engagement of ideas.
We’re not big on seminars. We love to hear provocative ideas from passionate speakers, but we favor short, lively, interactive talks. Preferably fueled by an adult beverage or three.
We invite an eclectic mix of perspectives, because we believe the best insights usually come from the most unexpected sources.
And we call B.S. when we see (or hear, or smell) it.
We do all this because the built environment matters too much to settle for the status quo. The Idea District is fostering meaningful connections and access to wisdom that will shape the next phase of this influential industry. By coming together we can learn from the past so that we might create a wiser, more sustainable future.