Digital Placemaking

Digital Placemaking aims to enhance and deepen the relationship between people and places. We believe the best examples of digital placemaking are co-designed by different kinds of communities, using digital technology and creative solutions to improve or enhance the public experience of place.
The Digital Placemaking R&D Production call asked for ideas which explore questions of belonging, safety, hope and power in public spaces. We are pleased to announce the funded prototype projects are POPMAP, Everything is Music and Stupid Cities and you can read more about their work here.
The call has now closed but you can read the brief here.

Many of us already move seamlessly between digital and physical worlds in our day-to-day life. From Google Maps, to wearable technology, to playing Pokémon Go in the park; digital technology can make things easier, more enjoyable and more accessible. Of course, if it’s not done right, digital technology can also make things more confusing, alienating or overwhelming.

In the first Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Pathfinder, we’ll be bringing together new talent, university research and cutting edge industry and inclusion practice to address industry-wide challenges by making innovative work that finds its way to market and audiences.

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Meet the Digital Placemaking Fellows

The Fellows will be working together to explore the challenges and opportunities around the theme.

Key People

Tim Lo


Tim is a mixed media creative working in dance, theatre, film and VR. Their work ranges from movement directing for theatre, producing live events and short films, and performing in international festivals IBT and Mayfest.

Roseanna Dias


I'm a producer interested in the crossover between creative practice, emerging technologies and inclusion. I nurture new networks, talent and inclusive practices through creative engagement projects with organisations like Trinity, Rising Arts Agency and Watershed.

Grace Quantock


Grace Quantock is a non-executive director, writer and psychotherapeutic counsellor in advance training. Over the last decade, Grace has worked at the intersections of systemic dynamics in relationship, social justice, marginalised identities and creative arts.

Stephen Hilton


Stephen has worked on Smart Cities since the term was first invented. He passionately believes that Smart Cities should be creative, fun, inclusive and democratic places – as well as productive and efficient.

Will Taylor


Born and raised in South West London to first generation Ghanian immigrants. I very quickly learned to question the issues raised by the diasporic experience.

Paul Clarke


Paul Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at University of Bristol and directs the theatre company Uninvited Guests. Founded over 20 years ago, the company’s work tours nationally and internationally.

Dr Shawn Sobers


Associate Professor - Lens Based Media, University of the West of England Shawn teaches into the BA and MA Photography, MA Research Practice, and supervises MRes and PhD students across a broad range of subject areas and topics, including creative activism, social history, archiving, photography and film, artists books.

Jim Morrison


Jim is a disruptive digital entrepreneur working at the intersection of society and technology. As founder of OneSub he is attempting to disrupt the mainstream news media and bring us back from the brink of fake, over-sensationalised, populism.

Meet the Digital Placemaking Industry Partners

The Digital Placemaking industry partners work alongside the fellows to scope the theme, co-design the brief and bring innovative work to new audiences.

Key Partners

Dr Jo Morrison

Digital Placemaking Consultant

Dr. Jo Morrison is Director of Digital Innovation and Research at Calvium. She operates at the intersection of research, design and enterprise.

Mike Armstrong

BBC R&D Research Engineer

Mike Armstrong is a research engineer working on the interaction between people, stories, media and technology.

Mike Rawlinson

Design Director, City ID

City ID is a specialist design company based in Bristol, New York City and San Francisco. Mike has led the development and delivery of innovative, ground-breaking urban design, city identity, wayfinding and legibility projects in the UK and internationally.

Our partners bring together some exciting insights and resources:
The CREATE Lab (University of Bath)
Research into spatial cognition in physical and virtual environments; technologies for children; trust, security and identity in online environments
CAMERA (University of Bath)
Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications
Vision Institute (University of Bristol)
Vision research spanning human and animal vision, artificial vision systems, visual information processing and the creative arts
Digital Cultures Research Centre (UWE)
An open and collaborative network of critical thinkers and doers who interrogate, articulate and create practical approaches to responsible technological futures
The Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (Bath Spa)
Research, engagement and discourse surrounding the theoretical, practical and commercial frameworks that embody the arts, media, or creative industries
Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol)
Brigstow brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners across the city and beyond to experiment in new ways of living and being

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05.12.19 Digital Placemaking

Moving through Digital & Physical Worlds

by Tim Lo

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