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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2021 Jan 18, 4:38 pm
Book launch: RETHINK Architecture for a Post Pandemic World

A Manifesto for the High Street as Co-Created Campus Researching last year the state of the highstreet and its post-pandemic future, I interviewed a tonne of architects, developers, and retail experts, among them Roger Madelin, principal force behind benchmark projects like Kings Cross and the new Canada Waters. Asked what the state of a post-pandemic […]

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2020 Dec 11, 1:07 am
The law of attraction: bringing people back (and back) to the corporate campus

How can corporate campuses lure us out of our homes (and pyjamas) and back to the office in a COVID-wary world? And how will they keep us coming back, with remote working more compelling or essential than ever?  Some designers say the ​‘hardware’ of a campus is what makes it magnetic. For them, it’s about the architecture, spaces and […]

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2020 Nov 10, 3:44 am
The Future of UK Cities LIVE: The power of the citizen

Looking for something to listen to while you work from home? Check out Estates Gazett podcast The Future of UK Cities. Our Creative Director and Founder Adam Scott joined many other great speakers to discuss the future of city-making in the session The Power of the Citizen. The future of any successful place relies on collaboration, a […]

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2020 Oct 2, 12:51 am
Future workplaces as hubs, hybrids and high-streets

We’ve been slingshotted into the future-of-work and the new models of the workplace are currently being designed and deployed. This is a pivotal moment where we must remember and reinforce organisational purpose, social structures, cultural norms, networks and work-life interfaces. These are the elements the design of the new models and new places of work […]

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2020 Sep 18, 6:53 am
Goodbye big box

As the world wrestles with a Covid-dictated new normal, so the opportunity for a fundamental rethink of the design of our transit hubs arises, writes Adam Scott and Hiro Aso The city-based transit hub as big box is dead. If not before Covid-19, then certainly now, in the nebulous pre-vaccine world of business-as-unusual. And, strange to say, having […]

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2020 Jul 23, 5:45 am
Don’t exit through the gift shop

AFTER COVID Story thirteen – An already super-ailing high street killed off by lockdown, the future of retail lies not in the standardised hierarchy of strict planning regulations, masterplans that begin with buildings, and the same monolithic anchor-faces of yesteryear. Rather, it lies in the activist or ‘blurred brand’ approaches of the Patagonias, Market Halls […]

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2020 Jul 23, 4:56 am
Rethink: How to sell the high street after lockdown

For a sector already in crisis, Covid-19 looked like the final straw for physical retail. But four specialists see a chance for growth and change for the better. Adam Scott weighs in.   Adam Scott is founder and creative director of experience masterplanners FreeState ‘A much greater blur in terms of operations,’ Adam Scott Covid-19 shines […]

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2020 Jul 17, 5:31 am
A beta-plan for certain uncertainty

AFTER COVID Story twelve – In the certifiable world of the software release cycle, ‘pre-alpha’ refers to everything before the formal testing of a design, ‘alpha’ to the lab-test stage, ‘beta’ to field testing for bugs, ‘release candidate’ to the stabilised or tried-and-tested product, and ‘stable release’ to the ready-for-production product. At least that’s the […]

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2020 Jul 9, 7:15 am
Go wild

AFTER COVID Story eleven – The space given to nature by the current global crisis has inadvertently paved the way towards easing that other – eventually, much more pressing – global crisis: with minimal human intervention on a global scale, we are seeing biodiversity returning to our cities, allowing us to glimpse at a future […]

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