I'm working on a project about structures and their historical value. I don't need this information, however, I would like to know and/or have it exposed to people that have wondered the same question.

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  • If I rule out government, that just leaves a think-tank? The bathtub ("Eureka!")? The brain? – Chappo May 18 at 2:06

You can call it the birthplace of the idea. Merriam-Webster defines birthplace as "place of birth or origin" [link], and one of its examples is "New Orleans is regarded as the birthplace of jazz" [ibid].


we often use cradle as the conceptual word for where an ideology was nurtured (usually by more than one person or over a period of time) for example for civilisations we say

Cradle of civilization https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cradle_of_civilization

it can be used for innovation

Cradle of Innovation http://www.leeds-sdg.com/cradle-of-innovation/

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    I think "cradle" tends to be used for more grandiose concepts, and isn't as common as "birthplace" (e.g. Bell Labs is the birthplace of the transistor, I've never heard anyone talk about its cradle). – Barmar Dec 10 '18 at 5:45
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    I think the distinction is, cradle fits things that slowly developed over a longer period of time (which do tend to be more grandiose or abstract) – user568458 Dec 10 '18 at 10:59

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