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.

 

 

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Tomorrow's Cities and Human Capital

Tomorrow's Cities and Human Capital

Nick Dunn invited to shape the agenda on research by the European Commission

His presentation, 'Tomorrow's Cities: innovative approaches to tackling social challenges', presented a conceptual framework for understanding future cities and its implications for future policy...Read full update

Our Cities, Our Health, Our Future

Our Cities, Our Health, Our Future

Nick Dunn invited as plenary speaker at international conference in Wonju.

His presentation, 'Images of Future Cities and UK Foresight Initiatives' explained the role and significance of how visualisations for future cities contribute to society and collective aspirations for better living. ...Read full update

Future of Health and Healthcare Provision in Cities

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Future of Health and Healthcare Provision in Cities

This paper is concerned with the future of health and healthcare provision in cities in the UK. The primary data was collected at a facilitated workshop held at the Academy of Medical Sciences in September 2015. The workshop was designed to guide participants through a series of exercises in order...More information

The Art & Politics of Walking

The Art & Politics of Walking

Exhibition of work by Nick Dunn at the People's History Museum

The exhibition, Loitering With Intent: The Art & Politics of Walking, explores how walking can be a work of art or a political act. Walking is often taken for granted as an everyday activity but it has extraordinary...Read full update

Utopian Urban Futures

Utopian Urban Futures

Nick Dunn gave a keynote address at the international conference in Leeds.

His presentation, 'Future Cities: palimpsest of the utopic imagination' framed the significance of how cities have been represented through their questioning of reality, reshaping our spatial conceptions or...Read full update

Designing the Future

Designing the Future

Nick Dunn invited by Cheltenham Design Foundation as an expert on the future of cities.

Nick contributed to a panel discussion on the Future of Cities at Cheltenham Design Festival. The notion of the ‘ideal city’ evolves with changing technologies. Populations adapt and imaginations run...Read full update

Utopian Urban Futures

Utopian Urban Futures

Nick Dunn gave a keynote address at the international conference in Leeds.

His presentation, 'Future Cities: palimpsest of the utopic imagination' framed the significance of how cities have been represented through their questioning of reality, reshaping our spatial conceptions or...Read full update

Designing the Future

Designing the Future

Nick Dunn invited by Cheltenham Design Foundation as an expert on the future of cities.

Nick contributed to a panel discussion on the Future of Cities at Cheltenham Design Festival. The notion of the ‘ideal city’ evolves with changing technologies. Populations adapt and imaginations run...Read full update

A Visual History of the Future

A Visual History of the Future

Nick Dunn invited to present his research at Cheltenham Science Festival

Nick Dunn was invited by the Cheltenham Science Festival to present his research on how future cities have been imagined by architects, artists and designers over the last 100 years and forward into the 21st...Read full update

Mobile Utopia at Somerset House

Event1 year and 3 days ago
Mobile Utopia at Somerset House

24th of June 2016, Somerset House, London

Visual manifesto to be presented at the Utopia Fair.

Mobile Utopia will present their visual manifesto for the future, developed through collaboration with the artist Oliver East and co-created with members of the public, at the...Read full update

Mobile Utopia - Call for Artwork

Event1 year, 2 months and 10 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.

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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

Cities as organisms: imagining the future

Articleby Nick Dunn, Roger Whitham
Cities as organisms: imagining the future

Imagination Lab provided an intensive, creative environment for our MA Design Management students. The task for the five-day workshop was entitled, 'Cities as organisms: develop a strategy to use design to make them sustainable and equitable.' Each day was devised as a micro-workshop, exploring different aspects of strategic design thinking and designerly ways of approaching problems. The days were themed as follows: Context, Making,...Read full article

Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

Articleby David Hands, Noor Aldoy, Leon Cruickshank, Nick Dunn, Emmanuel Tsekleves
Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

The Fusion team, delivered another successful and highly enjoyable Design Jam at the Work Foundation last Wednesday. ...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

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