announced that their new Sydney head office will include an accelerator for tech start-ups. The new office will be in International Tower 1 Barangaroo, Sydney. This is a very new, very modern, very tall tower-block, at odds with the traditional location for an innovation centers. Such centers are traditionally in old, re-purposed industrial and commercial buildings. Fishburners is in an old Sydney warehouse, Spacecubed is in a former bank in Perth, Canberra Innovation Network in an old medical building, River City Labs an old department store in Brisbane.
Further afield the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at
Cambridge is in an old hospital (over-refinished in post-modern style). This is not just a matter of fashion: innovation depends on people
meeting and learning to work together. The trappings of corporate culture can disrupt innovation and not in a good way.