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

2019 –

Connected Place Catapult
Open Systems Lab
Center 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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Dark Matter Laboratories B.V.
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 181K
1019 HC Amsterdam

KvK number: 75174405

United Kingdom
Dark Matter Laboratories Limited
217 Mare Street
London, E8 3QE

Company number: 13294211

Laboratoires de Matière sombre / Dark Matter LabsOrganisation à but non-lucratif canadien / Canadian not-for-profit 
6107 Av. de Monkland
Montréal, Québec
H4A 1H5

Numéro de l'organisation / Corporation number: 1196376-7

South Korea
주식회사 다크매터랩스코리아 / Dark Matter Labs Korea Co., Ltd 
#301, Pyeongtaek 5-ro 20beon-gil 8,
Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, 17902

경기도 평택시 평택5로 20번길 8, 301호, 우편번호 17902
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Mörk Materia Laboratoriet AB / Dark Matter Labs Sweden
Amiralsgatan 76 
21437, Malmö

Registration number: 559305-1047