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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25 May 2017
THE NOT SO SMART CITY

Using technology to both replace the culture of non-information industries and exercise control over the traditional spontaneity and unexpectedness of the public space, Songdo has the feel of a city that remains in a state of perpetual design. It’s uncomfortable clean, way too safe, and completely predictable. It’s hyper-hygienically unnatural. It’s a technocrat’s 1950s wet dream. It’s not home. It’s not my smart.

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18 May 2017
MICKEY’S TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR CITY-MAKERS

What Walt Disney and his Imagineers can teach city-makers today about kick-starting a new piece of city with a programme guaranteed to attract and involve their target audiences.

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27 April 2017
BEING THE VIRGIN ATLANTIC OF PUBLIC SPACE: BUILDING A SENSE OF PERSONALITY

Experience Personality is what we believe sets Virgin Atlantic apart from the crowd and ensures they inspire feelings of attraction, involvement and belonging.

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30 March 2017
BEING THE NIKE + OF PUBLIC SPACE: BUILDING A SENSE OF BELONGING

As we move into the ‘Era of Experience’ developers and city makers are struggling with the pressing need to secure higher quality public engagement to ensure real success in delivering great public spaces that people love.

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9 February 2017
BEING THE BURBERRY OF PUBLIC SPACE: BUILDING AN INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE

What developers and city planners can learn from Burberry. 4 Stages from FreeState’s Experience Masterplanning process for developers and city planners to consider when creating the ideal integrated experience across both physical and digital landscapes.

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7 February 2017
EXPERIENCE THINKING FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FUTURE: A FREESTATE AND HASSELL WORKSHOP

Universities are experiencing more competition than ever before. With the growing popularity of online learning platforms there is a need to create a new user experience-based approach to the future of campus design. But where should we begin?

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26 January 2017
THE READING ROOM: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE SMALLEST OF PROJECTS

Even the tiniest of projects can demonstrate how we can use ‘experience thinking’ to deliver a learning environment that is connected and collaborative. One that is relevant to its audience, attracts students and staff and creates a sense of belonging.

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