Cortex Innovation Community

  • Client

    Cortex Innovation Community

  • Project Title

    Cortex Innovation Community

  • Location

    St. Louis, MO

  • Size

    8.4 acres

"…innovation districts are the manifestation of mega-trends altering the location preferences of people and firms and, in the process, re-conceiving the very link between economy-shaping, placemaking and social networking."

The Rise of Innovation Districts

Brookings, 2014

Innovation Inspires a District to Shape Economic Growth in the Heart of a City

Project Scale

  • Object

  • Site

  • Community

  • System

  • Region


    Project Type

    • Corporate
    • Parks and Open Space
    • Urban Design
    • Placemaking and Branding

    Originally envisioned as a research park, Cortex Innovation Community has quickly developed into a hub for start-up biotech companies, urban residences, and streetside shopping within the heart of St. Louis. With opportunities for a new light rail station and regional bicycle/ pedestrian connections being studied, this vibrant urban community is poised for growth.

    Looking to bridge the gap between major educational and medical institutions, the Cortex Innovation Community will serve as a driver for sustainable development in a blighted neighborhood, and cultivate incubators and other neighborhood-building amenities for future economic development.

    More than one-half mile of streets were reconfigured to capture stormwater runoff in curbside bio-filtration basins, permeable parking bays, and in underground cells.


    "The success of Cortex is only possible because of the emergent network that developed more than a decade ago. As the district evolves, so too will the partnerships that make this planning process a reality."

    Klaus Rausch

    Senior Associate