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

Citizen-Generated Documentaries: Narrative Film Production and the Digital Public Space

29th Jan 2013
Drawing upon my experiences as a filmmaker, technician and researcher, I intend to consider the notion of film narratives; I am interested in exploring how technology can be used to empower untrained but knowledgeable citizens, groups and communities to participate in documentary film production processes. Audiovisual content produced by non-professionals is...

Designing and Developing Immersive Game Interfaces

29th Jan 2013
I am focussing on the narrative content of video games, how they are designed and how they can be augmented and ultimately improved. I will be researching video game narratives, emergent narratives and how we as players interact with these narratives. To explore these areas I will be focussing on the...

The Creative Exchange Goes to a Moot

23rd Jan 2013
During November we were lucky enough to be accepted to the Digital Transformations Moot held in London. During November we were lucky enough to be accepted to the Digital Transformations Moot held in London. At the event was a large collection of all manner of inventions and innovations that people have...

Personalization in the Digital Public Space

23rd Jan 2013
Reflecting on personalization in the Digital Public Space inevitably leads to analyze the personalization process in the physical space. 

Grassroots heritage: how can digital technology empower people to take control of the places that matter?

22nd Jan 2013
This research project investigates the role(s) that design and digital technology can play in the socio-political arena of the city, product of historically and culturally situated practices. It will explore this field through the lens of unofficial everyday “heritage” practice, understood as a kind of 'social action', something that people create...

Form Follows Experience

9th Jan 2013
This project aims to develop an experiential approach to designing meaningful artefacts through 3D technology for technological empowerment and education. By augmenting and customising objects, the DIY community has shown how individual expression can create a stronger personal attachment to a material object than a purely digitally fabricated one. Meanwhile, online...