A collaborative research study to understand how technology can build more democratic design practice

2019 –

Connected Place Catapult
Open Systems Lab
Centre for Spatial Technologies

If we collectively agree the goals of designing the built environment—to create a sustainable, democratic, and equitable cities within what the planet can provide—then we need to understand both how and why we design with new technology.

This research study explores a design profession at a turning point; as digital technologies continue to automate and augment the design process. Through written work, graphic publication, and events, we aimed to uncover how the design profession could go beyond the optimisation and automation currently gearing our cities towards efficiency, consumption and extraction—and outline the potential for technology to enable better quality, more democratic, and sustainable places to live.

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We’re a distributed team with presence around the world.

Dark Matter Laboratories B.V.
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 181K
1019 HC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Dark Matter Laboratories UK
Trading via Architecture 00 Ltd.
217 Mare Street
London, E8 3QE
United Kingdom

Laboratoires de Matière sombre / Dark Matter LabsOrganisation à but non-lucratif canadien / Canadian not-for-profit
Numéro de l'organisation / Corporation number: 1196376-7
1740 rue Saint-Patrick
Montréal (Québec)
H3K 0B3

Dark Matter Labs Korea
#202 Project Path Building, Seoul Innovation Park,
684 Tongil-ro, Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, 03371
South Korea

서울 은평구 통일로 684 서울혁신파크 상상청 202호, 우편번호 03371

Mörk Materia Laboratoriet AB / Dark Matter Labs Sweden
Östergatan 1
211 25 Malmö