2015 has been an incredible year for American Field and the American-made movement. We owe much of this success to the cities and people who have welcomed us over the last few months. This includes the buildings we’ve called home.
Last year, American Field took over the Innovation and Design Building (IDB) in Boston’s Innovation District—a 1.4 million square foot, acre-long, innovative industrial building of re-imagined work environments for various industries. After a great event, we decided to return in 2015.
The IDB revolution began in 2013 when our sponsor, Jamestown L.P., purchased the building—then, an underutilized, former Army Base and Naval Annex. They had a vision—based on the immense potential of the building and surrounding community. This sparked a $100+-million-dollar capital investment in amenities, neighborhood programming, and enhancements to the building.
Today, the Innovation Design Building is home to an ecosystem of designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, makers, and manufacturers working alongside Boston's marine industries, including ship repair and seafood processing.
From all ‘collars’ of work: traditional manufacturing next to hi-tech jobs—IDB fosters Boston-based jobs at all levels and skill sets. The building is a breeding ground for startups, and home to the internationally renowned Mass Challenge, a global organization helping entrepreneurs and connecting them with financing and resources to kick start their businesses.
In addition, the IDB boasts New England's leading design center where international designers and decorators live alongside cutting edge design firms. Formed in 1985, the Boston Design Center is making connections between the showroom industry and on-site manufacturing, as well as sourcing handmade products from the building's Makers Guild collaborative, creating an integrated ecosystem for the design industry.
When asked about hosting American Field, Jamestown President Michael Phillips has said, “[American Field] raises awareness about the variety of goods that are being made in urban manufacturing centers across America. [The event is] a perfect complement to the current mix of tenants at IDB, which includes many influential contributors to Boston’s thriving maker community.”
We’d like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to Jamestown L.P. for their unwavering support of our mission.