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

This cluster will look at how social communities develop to share and build knowledge, learn and exchange over time; we will look at how this is manifesting in early digital environments, most notably gaming and social media contexts. What can we learn from this and from adjacent formulations of knowledge community building (for example from scientific fields) that will inform the development of social communities in Digital Public Space and help to provide criteria for how the Digital Public Space is modelled and visualised?

This cluster topic is being led by The Royal College of Art.

Projects within this Cluster

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.


Enabling participation in a consumer facing fully open source product, and researching a mode of business that doesn't exploit user data.

Community Data Journalism

Community Data Journalism
Investigating the visual storification of data to inform visual stories which are linked to location in real time. 

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park
Creating a 'commons' around shareable data, and its potential for interaction, serendipity, mapping, storytelling, knowledge transfer and other human behaviours.

Latest Cluster Activity

The New Cloud Atlas

8th Jul 2015
The New Cloud Atlas is a global effort to map each data place that makes up the cloud in an open and accountable way. As an outcome of the Walk in the Park project, the Atlas was developed by CX PhD student Ben Dalton, geospatial developer, Tim Waters, and the design...

Watch: Everybody Needs Somebody: Modelling personal social networks in physical form

12th Mar 2015
Watch a video capturing a case study by John Fass, CX PhD researcher, looking at tangible social network modelling

sous les pavés, la plage

14th Nov 2013
A quote stood out for me in the notes of a talk by Tom Armitage at the 2013 Playark games festival in relationship to digital public spaces, structures of organisation and potential for exploration. Tom writes: One of the slogans of the Situationist International was: sous les pavés, la plage: "underneath the paving...

"inspired centers of civic life"

25th Mar 2013
James Howard Kunstler described successful public spaces as “inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good”. An insightful exploration of our public park metaphor over on the Future is Personal from project partner Max Van Kleek helps to reveal our motivations for using parks as a...

RCA CX Lab Modelling the Digital Public Space

21st Feb 2013
Modelling the digital public space by Kevin Walker Giant insects were projected onto the wall, along with a diagram of a rabid raccoon biting a dog, showing how infection spreads to the brain. Tabletops were covered with maps, drawings, schematics. Hanging sculptures and plasticine forms represented network structures. An entire room was...