hallways and have interactive displays that explain a project within that lab. Visitors can also interact with the working prototypes. One of my favorites was the half-scale city car pictured above. Designed in 2009 by a team led by William Mitchell, the famed former head of the lab’s Smart Cities group and dean of MIT’s architecture and planning, it can be folded up when parked.

It’s also cool that the labs are sponsored by corporations (even LEGO), allowing corporate partners a first look at the innovations underway at the Lab and encouraging real world feedback and input to the researchers. (More density!)

Can we envision what an RTP Media Lab might look like? A massive sprawl in the RTP where the “best and the brightest” forward thinkers of NC State, Duke, UNC, NC Central and beyond are all in one place, colliding and collaborating.

What would make it unique? How would we define ourselves differently? What lab definitions would we have?

The RTP Foundation and Bob Geolas are planning the future of RTP, as we speak.

How about it, Bob?