Next State (DAFZA)

A 21st century free zone in an age of technological revolution and climate breakdown


Dubai Airport Free Zone
Next State was a research and speculative design project to outline the strategic case for economic free zones in the context of a fourth industrial revolution and climate breakdown. Taking the three areas of digital sovereignty, networked supply chains and collaborative working practices.

Whereas in the past, free zones have been focused on regulatory exemption and reduced tariffs, we flipped this model, we explored the future technology stack that companies and governments might need to develop high value, humane economies. An innovation testbed for digital regulation, programmable enterprises and open digital infrastructure.

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We’re a distributed team with presence around the world.

Dark Matter Laboratories B.V.
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 181K
1019 HC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Dark Matter Laboratories UK
Trading via Architecture 00 Ltd.
217 Mare Street
London, E8 3QE
United Kingdom

Dark Matter Labs / Laboratoires de Matière sombre Canadian not-for-profit / Organisation à but non-lucratif canadien
Corporation number / Numéro de l'organisation: 1196376-7

We are part of Project 00︎