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

Future of the workplace and the Government Estate

Articleby Nick Dunn
Future of the workplace and the Government Estate

Professor Nick Dunn was recently invited to contribute to the workshop, Future of the workplace and the Government Estate, held in London on 3rd December 2018. The event was run by the Cabinet Office's Open Innovation Team, who help Whitehall departments generate analysis and ideas by deepening collaboration with academics. Nick's involvement forms part of his ongoing work on futures and examining alternatives beyond current path...Read full article

Urban Imaginaries and the Future

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Urban Imaginaries and the Future

Nick Dunn's ongoing work examining future visions for cities, how and why they are constructed, has resulted in a book chapter, 'Urban imaginaries and the pali ...More information

Talk on the Wild Side - Narrative Urbanism

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Talk on the Wild Side - Narrative Urbanism

The latest issue of MONU #29 Narrative Urbanism, one of the most innovative and progress publications in its field, features an article co-authored by Nick Dunn and Dan Dubowitz. The abstract for their contribution, Talk on the Wild Side: Moving Beyond Storytelling in Cities is...More information

The Future Starts Today, ImaginationLancaster contribute to latest Global Strategic Trends report

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The Future Starts Today, ImaginationLancaster contribute to latest Global Strategic Trends report

The sixth edition of Global Strategic Trends: The Future Starts Today, published by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, describes a future context for defence and security out to 2050. Nick Dunn, Chris Boyko and Serena Pollastri contributed to the report through their research into...More information

Check out the Liveable Cities video archive!

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Check out the Liveable Cities video archive!

As a result of a 3-day Communication Symposium held in March 2017 in Lancaster, Liveable Cities has produced a series of informative videos. Please follow this link to the Liveable Cities official website, where we have all 37 videos available to watch, download and...More information

Night Moves for the Royal Academy of Arts

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Night Moves for the Royal Academy of Arts

Nick Dunn's ongoing work exploring spatial practices and cities at night has resulted in a book chapter, 'Night Moves: Dissolving Time and Space in the Nocturnal City', published as part of a new book from the Royal Academy of Arts, Sensing Architecture: Essays on the Nature of Architectural...More information

Living by Industry - East European Futures

Living by Industry - East European Futures

Professor Nick Dunn invited to co-curate an exhibition of speculative designs for the post-industrial landscapes

The exhibition Living by Industry, has been curated by Professor Paul Jones (Northumbria University) and Professor Nick Dunn (Lancaster University). ...Read full update

Festival of Art and The Future City

Festival of Art and The Future City

Nick Dunn invited as keynote speaker at international festival in Brussels.

What might the city look like at the end of the 21st century? In his first keynote presentation,'Futures Past: the art of imagining cities' Nick explored how cities look, feel and operate has long been (and...Read full update

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

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Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

1st of November 2016, Highbury Hall, Birmingham

Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural captial plan using design methods

The Liveable Cities team from Lancaster went to Birmingham on 2 November to facilitate two workshops on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The...Read full update

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

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

Future of the workplace and the Government Estate

Articleby Nick Dunn
Future of the workplace and the Government Estate

Professor Nick Dunn was recently invited to contribute to the workshop, Future of the workplace and the Government Estate, held in London on 3rd December 2018. The event was run by the Cabinet Office's Open Innovation Team, who help Whitehall departments generate analysis and ideas by deepening collaboration with academics. Nick's involvement forms part of his ongoing work on futures and examining alternatives beyond current path...Read full article

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

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
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