Scott BurnhamDateline: Creative Director, Design and Urban Culture
I am a creative director, strategist and author specializing in innovation at the edges of design and urban culture, and creating innovative methods for economic and creative engagement. In addition to directing the Trust Design project for Premsela in Amsterdam, I am the author of “Finding the Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking”, commissioned and published by The Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), London. In 2008, I created the Urban Play project for the city of Amsterdam in collaboration with Droog Design, transforming areas of the city into creative hubs using open source urban design approaches. I have worked as a strategist and creative consultant for Weiden + Kennedy and TBWA, London, Premsela Platform for Dutch Design, Amsterdam, Hong Kong Art Museum, Hong Kong, Biennale de Montreal, Montreal, and Nissan Design Europe, London. From 2003-2006 I directed numerous projects including Will Alsop’s SuperCity to rethink future urban options for post-industrial cities, ‘The China Show’ exploring contemporary design and creativity in China, ‘Urban Oasis’ with Berlin’s Office for Subversive Architecture, and ‘At Home’ with Peter Saville while Creative Director of the Urbis Centre for Urban Culture. Other credits include directing the acclaimed Ill Communication street art exhibition series and large-scale collaborations with Stefan Sagmeister, NL Architects, London’s National Theatre, and citywide projects in London, Montreal, Prague, and Barcelona. I lecture and write frequently on open approaches and platforms for design and urbanism, and have addressed the International Conference on European Policy, the World Urban Development Congress, among other international bodies. I am a guest lecturer at institutions including Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London, and the Art Institute of Chicago. My writing credits include numerous publications, editing and authoring the Urban Play book, co-authoring the book Visualizing the City, Routledge Press 2008, and most recently a feature on urban design hacks for CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action.