Talking Spaces Episode Two: Close to home by Talking Spaces by FX Magazine published on 2020-12-20T16:57:27Z FX Magazine is interested in exploring the design of all the spaces in which we spend our lives, whether that be schools, offices, hotels, bars or hospitals – and this podcast is no exception. Our second episode is titled ‘Close to Home’, inspired by the instruction to stay home and avoid travel due to COVID-19. This sudden increased reliance on local areas means many of us will be better acquainted with what exactly can be found nearby – the public amenities, green spaces, shops, hospitality venues within walking distance. To think about how to design for local living and working, we have some industry guests whose experience and current projects are relevant to the topic. The first is Maria Cheung, a director and head of interior design at Squire & Partners talking about the idea of a hyperlocal workspace – an area the practice is venturing into with its new project, The Department Store Studios. Then switching to consider the local in a rural setting, FX speaks with architects Petra Marko and Sarah Featherstone, two members of collaborative group VeloCity. They discuss how not enough architectural attention is focused on the countryside, and talk through some of the critical issues that the VeloCity plan hopes to tackle. Music, editing and production from Lee Endres.