The city has been the centre of the great transition in automation, climate crisis and demographic shifts. As a result, cities are also the first to encounter the wicked problems of our time. These complex challenges demand innovation in every sector, as well as the ability to collaborate and learn across sectors. Truly inclusive, smart solutions in the city must be built on the foundations of civic legitimacy, and operate through joint action by multiple stakeholders.

We believe that the role of citizens should extend beyond mere participation, rather, citizens should become the agent of civic experiments. Together with Daegu Technopark, tech-enterprises and local citizens, Dark Matter Labs is developing new frameworks and strategies for the city through combining technology and civic innovation. The project aims to address 5 themes, selected by the local residents:

  1. Deteriorating fine dust pollution,
  2. Street safety for children and youth,
  3. Illegal dumping of domestic waste,
  4. Urban water management in the context of climate change and uncertainty,
  5. Child safety and childcare.

The project operates with the principles of collective sensemaking, open experimentation, distributed agency, and civic commons. The developed framework will be the baseline of a 3-year trajectory of civic experiments supported by Daegu Technopark and KAIA (Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement).



Part 1. From Unicorn to Citizen Experiment (유니콘에서 시민실험으로)︎︎︎

Part 2. From Urban Issues to Urban Missions (도시 문제에서 도시 미션으로)︎︎︎

Part 3. Framing Urban Issues Through Multiple Perspectives (도시 문제의 다층적 프레임)︎︎︎








All Projects ︎
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

Sweden