Ground Up Ideas // March 4, 2022

I'd like to kick off this week's newsletter with a special highlight of a recently completed Ground Up project: Silicon Harlem's Innovation Hub! Since it was founded ten years ago by Clayton Banks, Silicon Harlem has been bridging the digital divide in New York City and beyond. From serving as an internet service provider for vulnerable populations, to creating startup incubators and after-school STEM programs, to fostering partnerships with governmental, tech, and institutional executives, Silicon Harlem lives its mantra every day: "Everyone Needs a Connection" Ground Up was honored to lead design in this innovation hub, and to take part in the unveiling of the space this week with New York City CTO, Matthew Fraser. You can see the full case study here.

Team: Organization: Silicon Harlem (@siliconharlem) Design & Branding: Ground Up (@groundupideas) Graphic Artist: Jess Tiernan (@jesstiernan) Furniture: West Elm (@westelm) and Hoek Home (@hoekhome) Photography: Robbie Jones (@heartbklyn) Coverage: New gigabit center in Harlem hopes to bridge digital divide // Crains NY COVID Worsened the Digital Divide, Leaders in One Smart City are Fixing That // Propmodo // M U S T - R E A D S

A childcare center designed for children with sensory issues // FastCompany Artists and Designers Stage Auctions to Support Ukraine // Surface A 3-D printed "House Zero" rises in Texas // designboom The Innovative Brooklyn Architects Paving the Way for a New Generation // Architectural Digest What does Proptech mean for the future of real estate? // Real Estate Weekly

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