2021 Apr 13, 6:57 am
The New Methodology: The art of being together

In the hitherto niche world of disaster management, worst-case scenario planning is everything. While no doubt someone somewhere will have thought it through, I’d wager that few planned for all of us being ordered to stay at home for a year – a scenario that in many of the world’s cities has seen footfall reduced […]

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2021 Apr 13, 6:37 am
High streets need to find their “appetite for design”

In this call to action, Freestate global creative director Adam Scott is asking designers to help high streets become flexible, theatrical, community spaces.   The late and much vaunted designer Wajiro Kon argues that we humans experience urban space as theatre, and that we describe that space with our bodies. Such spaces, he said, are […]

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2021 Mar 31, 1:46 am
Ep 06. How Silicon Valley can inspire cities with Natalie Slessor

We are thrilled to have Natalie Slessor – Head of Customer Futures for Lendlease as a special guest to Episode 7 of our FreeThinking podcast. Natalie is one of Australia’s few social psychologists specialising in the built environment – with a razor sharp focus on the future of living, leisure and work. She talks about […]

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2021 Mar 16, 5:49 am
Melbourne Design Week: Can the suburbs save the city?

FreeState is delighted to be participating in this year’s Melbourne Design Week. In response to the theme ‘Design The World You Want’, we are exploring the question ‘Can the suburbs save the city?’. Join us for a lively debate between Team Cities and Team Suburbs, hosted by FreeState, and joined by a panel of radical […]

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2021 Mar 11, 6:02 am
Ep 05. This is not about property with Ross Bailey

Our special guest to Episode 5 of our FreeThinking podcast is Ross Bailey, founder of Appear Here, who has helped more than 200,000 brands find short-term spaces in London, Paris, and, now, New York. He talks about how we will build back the delight-inducing, memory-making theatre of the high street… and how this is NOT […]

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2021 Mar 4, 6:20 am
Design buildings to last for 200 years, not 20

Rethink Design Guide authors explain why adaptability is essential for post-pandemic projects.   The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on our attitudes to the buildings and spaces we use. A radical increase in time spent at home has prompted many of us to re-evaluate the buildings we live in, to repurpose rooms, or […]

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2021 Mar 4, 4:13 am
Radical Thinking with Adam Scott

Global Creative Director and Founder of FreeState, Adam Scott, spoke with FX about what radical thinkers have influenced him.   Can you pinpoint the thought, whether yours or someone else’s, that led you to a career in design? I’m from a family of artists – my brother, my sister, my parents, my cousins, my grandparents. Our house was always […]

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2021 Feb 25, 6:14 am
Ep 04. Night-time myth busting with Amy Lamè

Our special guest to Episode 4 of our FreeThinking podcast is Amy Lamè – performer, creative leader, activist – Radio 6 DJ, Past Mayoress of Camden and now London’s first Night Czar! From night-time myth busting and inequality, to the great post-pandemic opportunity for a better world for all – Amy and Adam have a […]

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2021 Feb 10, 6:20 am
Ep 03. Dynamic co-authored developments with Lloyd Lee

Our special guest to Episode 3 of our FreetThinking podcast is Lloyd Lee, Managing Partner of Yoo Capital and driving force behind Olympia London. He talks about the value of thinking of the development as dynamic co-authoured platform. Listen to the third episode below, or subscribe to FreeThinking wherever you get your podcasts! FEATURING Adam […]

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2021 Feb 1, 2:05 am
Ep 02. Programmable places at super-scale with Amahl Hazelton

Today, we have City-Maker/Brand-Builder/Story-Teller extraordinaire Amahl Hazelton from MomentFactory – from a Super Bowl show to a storytelling airport – he is a pioneer of the programmable place at a super-scale! He talks about the ‘festivalisation’ of our cities, how to supercharge the ‘genius loci’ and the importance of the ‘high street as venue’ as […]

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2021 Jan 21, 6:51 am
Ep 01. The idea of a new roaring twenties with Roger Madelin

We are honoured to have Roger Madelin, Head of Canada Water Development at British Land as the very first guest of the FreeThinking podcast! Roger and our founder Adam Scott talk about the idea of ‘always meanwhile’ – the importance of facilitation (rather than over curation) – and the idea of a new Roaring Twenties! […]

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2021 Jan 19, 7:50 am
The FreeThinking Podcast

The book launch that turned into a podcast Last week we shared some exciting news about the new book launch. Inspired by the great people we met working on that project we have something else to share… the launch of our brand new podcast series: FreeThinking, for City-Makers, Brand-Builders and Story-Tellers. In the first series, FreeState […]

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