11 May 2018
Innovation cluster: social capital and the makings of a real knowledge quarter

Over the past few months, we’ve had several conversations with planners and entrepreneurs in Melbourne, London and San Francisco interested in ‘innovation clusters’, which in a nutshell describes the creation of live places specifically designed to generate and drive knowledge capital. This is a focus for many sectors, is generally specific to city-size placemaking, and […]

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27 April 2018
THE EXPERIENCE-READY CAMPUS: AUDE SNAPSHOT

We love interrogating our Experience Research and Thinking with those who run projects live and have plenty of insights to share. The AUDE conference this year, held at the University of Kent, was a brilliant opportunity to do just that!

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27 April 2018
The porous campus: why it’s good for the future of education

One of the key challenges facing our clients and friends across the board is how to attract and engage the world’s best talent. In the world of the university campus, best talent includes students, academics, alumni, industry, and partners, who all contribute to the successes by which universities are now judged.

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27 April 2018
First life, then spaces, then Gardens by the Bay: a narrative approach to placemaking

As a lesson in experience design for city makers, Gardens by the Bay is one of my favourite examples of the virtues of thinking about the start of a future place not in terms of an architect’s masterplan, but rather as a narrative journey that in itself is composed of and drills down into any number of further journeys.

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1 March 2018
WE’RE ALL EXPERIENCE DESIGNERS, RIGHT?

From architect to software programmer to games designer to food engineer, we are all in the business of creating experiences that delight, are full of meaning, and that are hugely memorable.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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12 January 2017
THE HISTORY OF EXPERIENCE THINKING – A FILM

Today, be it in the coffeehouse at the end of the road, on the website of an international brand or in the city we call home, the whole world is obsessed with the quality of the experience. Has this not always been true? This little film reveals how we humans have always been in the business of masterplanning our great, shared experiences.

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8 December 2016
INSPIRING INNOVATIVE CITY MAKERS EVERYWHERE

‘If you can dream it, you can do it!’ – Walt Disney
We want to inspire 1 billion people by 2027 to have taken positive action in the realms of innovative city making!

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