We bring together pioneering companies and the best academic thinkers to explore the potential of something we are calling digital public space where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content.

Together we are creating new products, experiences and business opportunities which empower anyone, anywhere to access, explore and create with the newly accessible collections of media, public information and personal data trails which form the digital public space.



Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
12 Projects
22 Commercial Partners
29 Academic Researchers

Performance, Liveness and Participation

Exploring how digital prototypes can be used to offer new forms of participation in live events, broadcasts and in public spaces.
11 Projects
14 Commercial Partners
20 Academic Researchers

Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.
8 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
18 Academic Researchers

Rethinking Working Life

What opportunities does Digital Public Space afford for new working practices? 
5 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
12 Academic Researchers

Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.
6 Projects
10 Commercial Partners
11 Academic Researchers

Building Social Communities - Dynamic Structures for Growth

The lab under this cluster topic will focus on the following area: Designing the Digital Public Space - Dynamic Structures for Growth
4 Projects
3 Commercial Partners
7 Academic Researchers


Erith Park: Walk the Talk

Erith Park: Walk the Talk
Supporting residents of Orbit housing association in making their own digital walking tours featuring stories and anecdotes about everyday life in Erith Park/Larner Road.

App Movement

App Movement
Exploring new territory in digital public spaces and how the shift from public consultation in the development of services to public commissioning of services can be made tangible via a web platform.

Sound & Guts

Sound & Guts
Sounds & Guts was a performance research project conducted by Tess Denman-Cleaver, which explored how live performance shapes experiences of landscape.   

The Physical Social Network

The Physical Social Network
A prototype, which will explore past writing practices through a physical, interactive experience with a digital collection of Edwardian postcards.

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre
Exploring what an art centre can be when populated by and co-designed with/between the communities it serves.

Sound Spaces

Sound Spaces
Sound Spaces explores the potential of spatialised sound through public making

Latest Activity

Modelling Digital Public Space: a sandpit event

20th Feb 2013
My experience as a facillitator in one of the breakout groups in the latest Creative Exchange sandpit event was full of ideas and great potential for collaboration. From my perspective, our theme for the day was an exploration of concepts of modelling. As a means of structuring understanding of digital public...

Kicking off Alpha Procurement

19th Feb 2013
With a few detours into Latin, love procurement tattoos, Procurement - the board game and adopt-a-commissioner, Mondays meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss what was achievable and impactful.  On Monday, the cluster of companies and academics working on Alpha Procurement met for our 'Kick off' meeting. As the first Lancaster...

Reading Digital Public Space

8th Feb 2013
I have been thinking about my reading of "digital public space".  I like how the perspectives I bring shift as I emphasise different words within the phrase. If I read with emphasis on pairs of words I draw on different associations, for example 'Public Space' and 'Digital Public'.

How do we define identity in the digital public space?

8th Feb 2013
Back in 1995 the vision of our digital future was 'antispatial' (Mitchell, City of Bits, Space, Place, and the Autobahn) allowing everyone to live and work anywhere. In the antispatial city the old parameters and rules had gone, the streets, quarters and squares that once defined the use of the...

Performance, Liveness and Participation Lab

4th Feb 2013
On February 1st, Newcastle hosted its first Creative Exchange lab, covering the subject of performance, liveness and participation. Many of our partners are interested in how technology is changing the way we consume live and broadcast performances. In many ways, we are no longer passive consumers of content, but active participants....

Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange in the Digital Public Space

1st Feb 2013
As I begin my exploration of knowledge exchange at the Creative Exchange at Lancaster, a central dimension of my journey is the nature of collaboration itself in our digital age, specifically as a driver to innovation (product, service and experience). In particular, reflecting on the different assumptions we make about...