A a raw commercial space converted into a community and collaborative work space that synergizes the efforts of public policy influencers with those seeking to advance technological innovation.
The first incarnation of Civic Hall gave TTC the opportunity to assist founder Andrew Rasiej and co- founder Micah Sifry with their goal to create a collective workspace and forum for people interested in developing technology that could serve the public good.
12,000 sf of raw office space located within the landmark Presbyterian Building in Manhattan’s Flatiron district was rapidly transformed into a bright, modern, and inviting work space. Access to the workspace and its amenities was provided to members of Civic Hall based on a tiered membership model.
Aside from tables and desks arranged in an open plan office space, members had access to semi-private dedicated office space and to a series of conference rooms. Areas for lounging and gathering were provided to inspire informal interactions. When privacy was required, telephone booths could be used for private conversations. Larger gatherings and events were held in a space designated as the auditorium which included a stage and audio visual connectivity.
The intent of Civic Hall 1.0 was to provide a comfortable, safe space for its members, not in a sterile office environment, but rather in a more relaxed setting that could inspire dialogue and creativity in the pursuit of creating technology for civic use. In the span of two short years, the success of Civic Hall led it to becoming the anchor tenant of the New York City Tech Hub at Union Square, a role which it won in conjunction with RAL Development in an RFP issued by the New York Economic Development Corporation.
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