AHRC Design Research for Change Showcase: 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities

Paul Sermon, Claire McAndrew

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


Design Research for Change is a showcase of 67 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Design research projects. The projects traverse disciplinary, methodological, geographical, and conceptual boundaries.

The work on display was developed by researchers and practitioners from a range of Design disciplines including product, graphic, fashion, and furniture and from other specialist areas such as healthcare, business, engineering, and elsewhere.

The projects illustrate wide-ranging social, cultural, and economic impact and highlight the significant roles that UK-based Design researchers play in some of the most complex and challenging issues we face both in the UK and globally and the positive outcomes that are being designed and developed.

Paul Sermon, 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities

In megacities such as Delhi and Mumbai - and within one of the fastest growing cities within the world, Ahmedabad - more than 50% of the population live in informal urban settlements. 3×4 metres is the plot size seen to be provided in resettlement colonies, a government initiative which relocates people within informal inner-city settlements to vacant land on the periphery. 3×4 looks at informal settlements differently where informality is not viewed as a problem, but a promising new model of urbanism for the global south. The project uses an immersive telematic networked environment to provide a playful, sensorial exploration of new hybrids of digital space. Merging two 3×4 metre room installations in Delhi and London through mixed-reality, this transnational dialogue intends to set an aspiration for developing metaspace platforms in megacities of the global south. It builds upon practice-based research conducted as UnBox LABS 2014 Fellows in Ahmedabad, India; which used an immersive installation to explore the qualities and values built through self-organised communities that are lost in the resettlement process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Media of outputFilm
Size5 mins
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2018
EventLondon Design Fair 2018: Design Research for Change - Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Sept 201823 Sept 2018

Bibliographical note

Design Research for Change, exhibition catalogue, Edited by Paul A. Rodgers
pp92-93, Paul Sermon, 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities. Published by Lancaster University, 2018. ISBN 9781862203556


  • megacities
  • network
  • telematic
  • design
  • India
  • metaspace


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