Lara Salinas

Lara Salinas

Lara Salinas is a practitioner and researcher with multidisciplinary background in digital culture. She graduated in Fine Arts, and completed a Masters in Art and Technology, specialising in web-based art and creative uses of locative media. As a practitioner she has participated in a number of international festivals, outstanding TodaysArt (Netherlands) FutureEverything (UK), Urban Transcript (Italy), NewMediaFest (Germany) and Web Biennial (Turkey).

She completed her AHRC-funded practice-led PhD at Lancaster University in 2016. In her doctoral thesis, The Production of Digital Public Spaces, Lara framed digital public spaces as a concrete programme to support the articulation of a third notion of public spaces that emerges at the interface of physical-digital spaces. She examined the production of physical-digital hybrid spaces through the design of new products, experiences and services, in collaborative action research projects, and explored how to design for the conditions that allow citizens to actively participate in the production of physical-digital hybrid spaces.

Lara is also an Early Career Researcher at the Public Collaboration Lab (SRvD, Central Saint Martins) and a Lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.



Join us on Sat 19 Sep to create a collaborative multimedia map of Lboro market

31st Aug 2015
MapYourMarket is part of Market Town, a series of new commissions and critical debate that sets out to re-imagine the future of Loughborough’s high streets led by Radar, LU Arts and Charnwood Arts, in partnership with Love Loughborough and Charnwood borough Council. The programme is supported using public funding by...

Help us find Lancaster's hidden gems!

2nd Aug 2015
Complete our five-minute survey about your favourite urban walks in Lancaster for the chance to win one of ten £10 Amazon vouchers. This summer we have started a to work on Paths of Desire. Together we are exploring the role of cartography in the digital age, challenging conventions around digital cartography, seeking...

Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack: Inspiring digital ideas from community projects

27th Jan 2015
In September 2014, the Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack was launched at the Creative Citizens conference in London, with a collection of 12 case studies that make use of digital tools in creative ways for social benefit. Open Planninng was one of the project involved, among great projects like Play your Place...

Open Planning App: test with citizens and developers

29th Oct 2014
Open Planning App received great feedback, as according to participants it simplifies the planning process, making it more accessible and engaging. The past Friday 24th October the Open Planning team met with citizens and developers to discuss the pros and cons of Open Planning App. Open Planning App is a tool...

Open Planning App: a preview version is ready!

16th Aug 2014
Finally, we have a preview version of Open Planning App.   It is not a final version yet, so it cannot be found in the App Store. However, if you want to try Open Planning App in exclusive, sign up now! We are sending out a limited number of invitations! If you have...

Transforming the planning progress – challenges for the service designer

Published 2014, written by Lara Salinas , Sebastian Weise

Planning Policy Framework Review

7th Mar 2014
At the light of the current policy framework, with digital and open data based improvements being encouraged from the Government and local authorities, the Open Planning team has recognised an ideal context in which improvements in the planning system could be achieved by a more innovative use of existent digital...

Co-design workshop: the future of the planning system starts here

27th Feb 2014
During the last months Open Planning has focused on gaining understanding of the planning system in Liverpool, and what does it mean to "improve" it from the standpoint of different actors. We have reviewed the policy framework, dialogued with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, Engage Liverpool and community members. We...

Open Planning Workshop at Liverpool

14th Feb 2014
A limited number of places are available for city centre and waterfront residents to come together with the team who are delivering a new way of opening up the planning system to achieve far greater levels of participation and therefore democratisation. The event takes place at The Racquet Club Hotel on...

Labour, recreation and rest at FACT

27th Jan 2014
Here I am sitting at the co-working space at FACT, where the past 14th of January we had a TILO meeting, in which Alastair and Jimi (MeYouandUs) gave us an amazing demonstration of a ready-to-be-installed version of TILO; and Gareth threw some preliminary findings. As TILO is soon to be installed, there...

Guinea pigs for all!

1st Oct 2013
In the last post (April 2013), we were reflecting on Chattr, looking forward to improve it and give it another try. Well, we gave it another try at TodaysArt, The Hague, Netherlands.   On paper, Chattr looked pretty much the same. We still offered a service in exchange for users privacy: comfy...

The Chattr experience at FutureEverything

12th Apr 2013
Chattr is the result of weeks of frenetic collaborative work. The process wasn’t easy… online meetings and threaded emails complicated the communication, not to mention the need of ethical approval. I think that we all sweated blood! But thanks to the efforts of a fantastic team –including artists, researchers and...

Pocket Technologies to explore the Digital Public Space at TechWizZ 2013

19th Mar 2013
On Saturday 9th February, Lara and Malé representing The Creative Exchange ran a workshop at TechWizZ 2013 in Accrington Academy, an event that showcases the use of technology, aimed at students, parents and educators alike, working within he frame of launching a new curriculum.  

Kick off meeting Open Planning

19th Mar 2013
Last Monday companies and academics involved on Open Planning met at Liverpool University for our kick-off meeting. After an insightful presentation of the current status of the planning process delivered by Richard Koeck and Erin Walsh, we started sharing our motivations of being part of the project between teas and coffees....

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.