Prof. Nick Dunn

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

Nick Dunn is Professor of Urban Design at ImaginationLancaster and Research Director of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. 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

Mobile Utopia - Call for Artwork

Event1 month and 8 days ago

19th of April 2016

This is an open call for proposals from artists on the theme of Mobile Utopia 1851-2051.

Mobile Utopia 1851-205􀏱1 seeks to develop a deeper understanding of mobile utopias (and dystopias), and to creatively analyse and explore these. Critically, ‘mobile...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

Urban Visions & the Power of Futures Past

Urban Visions & the Power of Futures Past

Nick Dunn invited to present his research at Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

This important post seeks to use a design-informed interdisciplinary perspective to address urban challenges and enhance the potential for impact activities with urban decision makers and communities.

The successful PhD researcher will be based here in ImaginationLancaster, an internationally...Read full update

Being Human After Dark

Being Human After Dark

Guided walk led by Nick Dunn, revealing the history of the nocturnal city.

    Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – the festival provides...Read full update

Mobile Utopia - Call for Artwork

Event1 month and 8 days ago

19th of April 2016

This is an open call for proposals from artists on the theme of Mobile Utopia 1851-2051.

Mobile Utopia 1851-205􀏱1 seeks to develop a deeper understanding of mobile utopias (and dystopias), and to creatively analyse and explore these. Critically, ‘mobile...Read full update

Urban Visions & the Power of Futures Past

Urban Visions & the Power of Futures Past

Nick Dunn invited to present his research at Bristol Festival of Ideas.

  ...Read full update

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

Fully Funded PhD in Data Prototyping and Urban Futures

This important post seeks to use a design-informed interdisciplinary perspective to address urban challenges and enhance the potential for impact activities with urban decision makers and communities.

The successful PhD researcher will be based here in ImaginationLancaster, an internationally...Read full update

Being Human After Dark

Being Human After Dark

Guided walk led by Nick Dunn, revealing the history of the nocturnal city.

    Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – the festival provides...Read full update

Co-creating the Future of Rochdale

Co-creating the Future of Rochdale

Innovative workshop to develop a vision for Rochdale 2065.

Nick Dunn was appointed by the Foresight: Future of Cities project to help design, develop and lead a workshop in collaboration with Rochdale Borough Council, to inform their future vision strategies. ...Read full update

Lost Futures at Film Architectures Festival

Lost Futures at Film Architectures Festival

Nick Dunn gave a keynote address at the international film festival in Lisbon.

His presentation, 'Lost Futures: framing critical utopias between film and architecture' launched the Film Architectures: Welcome to the Future international film festival, held across Lisbon. It forms...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.

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Key Projects

Liveable CitiesLiveable Cities Liveable Cities Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing
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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