2021 Oct 13, 5:49 am
Ep 12. Tom Dyckhoff, Historian, Writer, Broadcaster and Educator

Today we spoke with Historian, Writer, Broadcaster and Educator Tom Dyckhoff about the rise and fall of the late capitalist city – the rub of super-gentrification versus creative-anarchism as an engine for innovation – and building communities where we can all find our ‘ledge’. Tom is a master in the architecture space and has a […]

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2021 Jul 30, 5:06 am
Why office space still matters to your employees

More than a third of employees still want to work in the office post-pandemic, finds a new survey from Nespresso Professional, Nadia Moore, featuring Adam Scott   From its partnership with Future Laboratory to its ever-expanding content library, over the past two years Nespresso Professional has positioned itself as an expert in the future of […]

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2021 Jul 29, 3:36 am
Su Lim joins FreeState as Global Managing Director

FreeState is delighted to announce Su Lim as it’s new Global Managing Director. An entrepreneurial leader who has advised organisations across multiple sectors, Lim has established a global reputation in strategic consultancy working with a variety of clients to transform in times of change. Her role will see her help lead FreeState globally while also […]

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2021 Jul 23, 2:39 am
Ep 11. Bill Grimsey, legendary retailer

Today on the FreeThinking Podcast, we have Bill Grimsey, legendary retailer with 45 years experience – from butcher’s boy to CEO of Wickes and Iceland. In 2012 he wrote ‘Sold Out: Who really killed the High Street’, and since then through his highly influential ‘The Grimsey Reviews’ he has been leading the debate on the […]

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2021 Jul 15, 8:19 am
Ep 10. Emma Beverley of Leeds 2023

We are excited to have Emma Beverley – Executive Producer of LEEDS 2023 as a special guest to Episode 10 of FreeThinking podcast! LEEDS 2023 is an exciting year-long programme where the city is ‘Letting Culture Loose’ – and as they said at the launch last month: ‘They’re gonna create, make, perform, run, bake, eat, […]

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2021 Jun 25, 1:08 am
Ep 09. Hugo Warner from Benugo & The Fisheries

Our next special guest of the FreeThinking podcast is Hugo Warner, who co-founded hospitality group Benugo – with brother Ben – and last year launched a purpose-built co-working space called The Fisheries, near Broadway Market in London. He talks about how great hospitality means taking care of every part of the experience, at every scale, […]

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2021 Jun 7, 1:01 am
Ep 08. Mark Bourgeois from Hammerson

Our special guest to Episode 8 of our FreeThinking podcast is Mark Bourgeois – Managing Director, UK and Ireland, at Hammerson. He talks about creating City Quarters, how far the rich mix of mixed-use might take the future City Centre, and the importance of Return on Experience. Listen to the eight episode with Mark Bourgeois […]

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2021 May 6, 1:19 pm
Ep 07. Kim Cook from Burning Man

We are excited to have Kim Cook – Director, Creative Initiatives for Burning Man as a special guest to our second series of the FreeThinking podcast! Listen to the seventh episode with Kim Cook below, or subscribe to FreeThinking wherever you get your podcasts! FEATURING Adam Scott, Founder, FreeState Kim Cook, Director, Creative Initiatives, Burning […]

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2021 May 4, 9:14 am
NYDW: How storytellers will build the post-pandemic city

The pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of our cities. For 6,500 years cities have been the great melting pot of living, working and playing, but covid has revealed some deep and toxic paradoxes – How can we have density without community, how can we enjoy the energy of physical proximity without the nourishment of social […]

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2021 Apr 15, 7:12 am
Event Recap: Can the suburbs save the city?

Well, that was fun! With all the glory and fun of a 70s gameshow, Adam Scott hosted a wonderful debate between Team Suburbs and Team Cities last week as part of Melbourne Design Week. We have a few words of summation, which are going to be rubbish, because it was such a great debate. We […]

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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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