Prof. Nick Dunn

Dunn
Executive Director & Chair of Urban Design
Urban Design, Design Thinking, Design & Manufacturing, Mapping, Visualisation, Speculative Design, Future Cities
nick [dot] dunn [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Nick Dunn is Executive Director of ImaginationLancaster where he is also Professor of Urban Design. He is Associate Director of the Institute for Social Futures, where he also leads research in the Future of Cities and Urbanism. His work responds to the contemporary city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation and discourse addressing the nature of urban space: its perception, demarcation and appropriation. His work for the UK Government Office for Science and projects such as the EPSRC-funded Liveable Cities contributes to the wider discourse surrounding the current characteristics and potential future scenarios of the urban landscape in a range of contexts. In particular, he is interested in why and how (maybe even where and when) we design, rather than what we design. He has published numerous books related to architecture and urbanism and his papers have been published and presented internationally and collaborative creative work exhibited across the UK, China and the Ukraine.

 

 

Updates and Outcomes

New Masters puts students’ skills to the test in China

New Masters puts students’ skills to the test in China

A ground-breaking new Masters programme from Lancaster University gives students the opportunity to work on high-impact business projects that develop collaboration between UK and Chinese SMEs.

The two-year MSc in International Innovation, which takes its first students from October, includes...Read full update

Generations of Co-Design

Generations of Co-Design

Contrastion perspectives on Co-Design from the industrial heartlands of Germany to the vibrant new landscape of Cape Town, World Design Capital

The amazing Red Dot Design Museum was host to the PROUD project’s major forum for design for societal challenges. This event saw challenging,...Read full update

Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

Event3 years, 4 months and 22 days ago
Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

3rd of June 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully funded Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam on Tuesday 3rd of June 2014.

- Are you a London-based creative or digital business with less than 250 employees? - Have you...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

On Wednesday 30th of April, Imagination’s London Fusion team delivered their third highly interactive Design Jam. The Design Jam explored the health, demographic and wellbeing challenges and opportunities to create innovative services and products to enhance the lives of the residents of...Read full update

Future of Public Space in China?

Articleby Nick Dunn
Future of Public Space in China?

Nick Dunn interviewed by Guangzhou TV on demolition of 'villages in the city'. ...Read full article

Interactive Instruments: Situated Technology, Intelligent Terrain, and Design Commons

OutcomeJournal Paper
Interactive Instruments: Situated Technology, Intelligent Terrain, and Design Commons

Today’s urban situation is a constantly shifting one—a nexus of material and immaterial flows, systems, and processes. While much has been made of the reprogramming of city spaces, little attention has been given to the deprogramming of them and who participates in this process....More information

Making in the City [3D Printing] - Crossing Boundaries

Making in the City [3D Printing] - Crossing Boundaries

Co-creation through intense collaborative activity...Hexagons and Lego leading innovative 'thinking'...

As part of the 'Making in the City' Design Jam, participants were tasked to develop and critically examine emergent themes in greater detail, and then to offer new and innovative solutions...Read full update

Making in the City [3D Printing] Design Jam

Making in the City [3D Printing] Design Jam

Making in the City [3D Printing], offered a successful and acclaimed introduction to the series of Cities Design Jams, by the Imagination team at Lancaster.

Making in the City [3D Printing], was the first of three highly interactive design ‘Jams’ specially created for the London Fusion...Read full update

Imagination is key to rethinking creative and successful collaboration in the North

Imagination is key to rethinking creative and successful collaboration in the North

Forty-five arts and humanities practitioners, academics and funding partners gathered at a N8 event in Lancaster to participate in a workshop that explored how the imagination is being used to influence social and cultural development in the North.

The event, ‘Imaginative North’ was the fourth...Read full update

Imaginative North, Lancaster University – 21 November 2013

Event3 years, 11 months and 2 days ago
Imaginative North, Lancaster University – 21 November 2013

21st of November 2013, LICA Building, Lancaster University

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its fourth workshop in Lancaster

Creativity and innovation occur at the boundaries of our imagination. But how do we channel this to develop our ideas and research? This...Read full update

Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

Event3 years, 11 months and 24 days ago
Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

30th of October 2013, The Biospheric Foundation, Irwell House, Philip St, Salford M3 7LE

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its third workshop in Manchester

The future of the North lies in its capacity to imagine, develop and enact economic, social,...Read full update

Making in the City (3D Printing) Design Jam

Making in the City (3D Printing) Design Jam

Bringing London-based digital and creative small and medium businesses together to create innovate concepts for cities.

ImaginationLancaster is organising three ‘Cities Design Jams’ in central London that will focus on diverse themes within cities. The first design jam will take place on the...Read full update

Casting a shadow? The dark world of High-Rise living

Articleby Nick Dunn
Casting a shadow? The dark world of High-Rise living

Article published by The Conversation on the relationship between architecture and social behaviours, the importance of failed utopias and lost futures, their legacy and potential implications for contemporary urbanism.                           ...Read full article

Design students progress low carbon solutions in China

Articleby Stephen Clune, Noor Aldoy, Nick Dunn
Design students progress low carbon solutions in China

Design students from Lancaster University are progressing low carbon solutions for a brighter future in Guangzhou, China. Dr Stephen Clune recently facilitated workshops for Masters of Science students in International Innovation to progress research projects that assist UK companies to develop collaborative R&D partnerships with Chinese Organisations. ...Read full article

Tomorrow's Cities Today in the Ukraine

Articleby Nick Dunn
Tomorrow's Cities Today in the Ukraine

Professor Nick Dunn was recently invited to contribute to the cultural platform Izolyatsia in the Ukraine. As part of his involvement with the organisation he co-curated an exhibition, Tomorrow's Cities Today: The Power of Urban Visions which was conceived and created to support the international residency programme Architecture Ukraine 2015 (Mariupol-Kyiv) and explores our visual representation of city design. ...Read full article

Fully funded PhD in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures: apply now!

Articleby Nick Dunn, Rachel Cooper
Fully funded PhD in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures: apply now!

Applications are invited for a full time, fully funded PhD studentship as part of our ongoing research into Urban Futures. ImaginationLancaster has an extensive portfolio and strong track record of major research into cities, working directly with policy makers and city stakeholders via UK Government Office for Science and the Future Cities Catapult. ...Read full article

Past Visions of Future Cities

Articleby Nick Dunn
Past Visions of Future Cities

Where are our flying cars and hoverboards?  ...Read full article

The Future was There? Past visions of future cities reconsidered.

Articleby Nick Dunn
The Future was There? Past visions of future cities reconsidered.

Article published by The Conversation on my research work and government paper on the importance of visions for future cities throughout history, their legacy and potential implications for contemporary urban development. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Nick Dunn's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Themes

Key Projects

Liveable CitiesLiveable Cities Liveable Cities Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing
London Creative and Digital FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion London Creative and Digital Fusion Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries
N8: New Thinking from the NorthN8: New Thinking from the North N8: New Thinking from the North Stimulating reinvention and influencing economic growth across the North
Lancaster China Catalyst ProgrammeLancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster University is embarking on a new initiative to leverage its global reach for the benefit of UK ...
HighWireHighWire HighWire Creating Innovative People for Radical Change