17 October 2017
Festivals of Learning

As the metrics for judging the success of colleges and universities expands to include more than legacy and publishing reputations, the challenges facing further education today centre on the campus as an extraordinary experience, one that attracts, involves, and makes lifelong fans of students, academics and a fascinating range of key stakeholders. For everyone involved, […]

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14 September 2017
STORYBOARDING THE FUTURE CITY

Among the many challenges facing 21st century high density placemaking, the task of working out how best to integrate commerce, the workplace, and the wider community remains top-of-the-urban-design list. The question here is how do we positively engage the community as key stakeholder; create mixed use developments that are the opposite of the silo-led urban […]

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24 August 2017
COME FLY WITH EXPERIENCE THINKING: CALLING ALL AIRPORTS – UNDERLAY NOT OVERLAY

You’re in a giant waiting room with branded shops and a clutch (if you’re lucky) of restaurants. You’re not here for the joy of it. You can’t leave. You’re in an endurance test. You are suffering – in the name of travel.

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4 July 2017
FREEDINNER: THE CREATION OF ATTRACTION, NOTING THE DRIVE FOR MAKING OUR OWN ATTRACTIONS

Bestselling author and award winning journalist Richard Benson gets into the idea that people make places and the effect disruption has on attraction.

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4 July 2017
FREEDINNER: THE SPECIFICATION OF MEANING, PLANNING FOR MEANING IN PLACEMAKING

Professor Joseph Giacomin, Director of the Human Centred Design Institute at Brunel University talks to our guests about the importance of meaning, myth and ritualisation.

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4 July 2017
FREEDINNER: THE ARTIST, THE CURATOR AND THE ANTI-SAFARI, CURATING FOR ATTRACTION WHILE MAKING PLACES

Michael Pinsky from French/British curatorial partnership Delcroix Pinsky talks at FreeDinner about attraction and the role art can play in bringing developments to life.

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3 July 2017
FREEDINNER: THE SENSUALITY OF ATTRACTION, THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT LEARNS FROM GASTROPHYSICS

Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, talks about the Sensuality of Attraction at our most recent FreeDinner event.

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22 June 2017
HOW A DEVELOPER WON THE GRAND PRIX AT CANNES

It’s that time of year again: Cannes. The moment when global creativity comes home to roost. They’ve just announced the winners of the Design Category, and over here we’re all pretty excited. Not simply because the work is great (it is), but because the big prize has gone to a team of developers.

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8 June 2017
A REAL PIECE OF SMART CITY

As Argent’s development of King’s Cross Central reaches the final straight in a journey that began back in 2000, and as counterweight to last week’s post on Songdo, it’s worth reminding ourselves of how it all began, and why it is feted throughout the industry as a model for experience-led city planning.

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