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

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

Rethinking Working Life

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


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.

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.

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

Swaythe Band at Create 4 Dementia

2nd Jun 2015
"The Confabulators” win Best Project at the Create 4 Dementia hackathon at the Great North Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. This exciting event brought together designers, coders, hackers, makers and researchers to share knowledge, experience, and create new digital designs for dementia. We formed our design team “The Confabulators” with Kellie Morrissey a researcher from University...

Living Assemblies Workshop - Design Your Silken Self. 6-7th June at Furtherfields Commons

2nd Jun 2015
‘Living Assemblies’ is a hands-on workshop, led by designer and researcher Veronica Ranner, investigating the coupling of the biological material silk with digital technologies. During this two-day workshop, organised in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst as part of the CX Polyphonic Futures project, participants will collaboratively explore the potential of reverse...

Group Therapy

27th Apr 2015
This post will look at three projects that form part of the ‘Group Therapy’ exhibition, on show at FACT Liverpool until May 17. These include the design for the exhibition, the new commission ‘Madlove: A Designer Asylum’ for the vacuum cleaner, and a collaborative project under the umbrella of The...

5000 near misses

21st Apr 2015
We asked people across the UK to tell us about their cycling experience on a particular day – the One Day Diary. Over 1500 of you told us about almost 5000 near misses. We want our findings to be used by planners and policy-makers; to inform street design, for example. We‘ll work to engage the public in an...

Fields - A UK Tour

28th Mar 2015
Throughout April 2015 Sébastien Piquemal and Tim Shaw will visit a number of venues, festivals and Universities to present performances, talks and workshops around their new audio sound system.  Fields, a performance which explores sound diffusion through the audience's mobile phones, is being taken around the UK with a series of...

Watch: States of Mind, an interactive installation: on show now at FACT

26th Mar 2015
Watch a video clip showing the States of Mind project, a collaboration between the RCA and Nexus Productions and part of FACT Liverpool's Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age exhibition (until 17th May 2015).  In collaboration with Nexus Productions, the States of Mind project has developed a digital interactive...