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Development of the Week: Workshop17








Workshop 17 is an innovation hub modelled on the world renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA. The existing Blue Shed market space  will become a dedicated physical space to invent, prototype and test emerging products, create new business models, services and start businesses aligned to African markets. This shared innovation model will provide a collaborative living laboratory for the greatest minds, social innovators, entrepreneurs, foundations, government and industry players on the continent.

  • Construction start: 2013
  • Construction end: 2014
  • Cost: R1.5 million (Bertha Centre), R3.6 million (UCT Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Fund ), Pending (Corporation and Foundation Partners)

Read more about this development here

See more of the scale model here

Images: Wolff Architects

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Rashiq Fataar

Founder and MD at Future Cape Town

Rashiq Fataar is the founder, Editor in Chief and Managing Director of Future Cape Town.