Introducing the Public Collaboration Lab Exhibition Is Now Touring

19th February to 11th March 2016

We were delighted to install the Introduction to the Public Collaboration Lab exhibition at the London Borough of Camden (LBC) offices in 5 Pancras Square at the end of last month. On Thursday 25th February we had an official launch, with members of the PCL team from both UAL and LBC available to speak about the work so far. The feedback has been very positive and we are looking forward to taking the exhibition to other venues at a later date.

Future Libraries

IMG_2161As part of a range of measures to address the challenges of reduced funding from central government, Camden Council is exploring opportunities for reshaping Camden’s library services with the aim of creating £800,000 in savings by 2018.

MA Industrial Design for Publics at Central Saint Martins explores how design and designers can contribute to collaborative creative activities that bring people together around issues of concern to them, facilitate the articulation of these concerns, and support collaborative sense making and scenario building in response to these concerns, sharing insights in meaningful and accessible ways.

In the Future Libraries project, research staff and students worked with council officers and front line staff to design creative interactions that engage library users and other citizens in talking about their concerns, needs and desires relating to future libraries.

Libary Film Export from PCL Lab on Vimeo.

Home Libraries Service

HLSThe Camden Home Library Service (HLS) delivers books to people who are housebound due to a range of health related issues. The service is currently under review due to the local government cuts.

The Home Library Service project paired MDes Service Design Innovation students from London College of Communication with HLS frontline officers who explored the future of the HLS through service design thinking methods and tools, engaging different stakeholders, including the public and Age UK. They co-designed how the HLS may be reconfigured in the future through new relationships and technology, exploring opportunities for the service to be utilised to address other societal problems such as loneliness and related social care issues.

Empathy and Employment

photo 2Inspired by the expectation that empathy between societal actors may foster greater collaboration and contribute to the conditions for social innovation, the Empathy and Employment project explored how the design of objects can facilitate interactions that foster empathy in the context of employment.

With the assistance of BA Product Design students from Central Saint Martins, the project brought together employers and residents in the rapidly developing, but relatively deprived, London area Somers Town. Through a collaborative process, students designed objects and interactions which enabled employers and residents to creatively communicate a wide spectrum of emotions about their needs, challenges and aspirations related to job seeking and recruitment, and to understand and empathise with each other’s experiences and perspectives.