Exciting transformations are afoot on LCF’s Mare Street campus, as part of the Digital Strategies and the Arts & Events Programme Stratford work streams contributing to the transformation of LCF before we move to the Olympic Park. We are developing two new spaces that will play host to a range of teaching, learning and showcasing activities through the lens of digital and innovation.

Digital Learning Lab, design drawing by OpenDesk

Digital Learning Lab, design drawing by OpenDesk

The Digital Learning Lab, located in the former reprographics room, has the mandate to experiment with ideas around the future of learning that exposes Academics, Technicians and Students to new pedagogic approaches and practice at the intersection between technology and teaching and learning. This space is enabled as a Digital Making Space that encourages staff and students to take part in a range of activities such as Code Clubs and Digital making workshops. In collaboration with the Digital Anthropology Lab, it will also co-present a programme of activities with external partners.

Arcade East, transforms Mare Street’s canteen, a space that lies dormant between the end of June and the end of September, into a vibrant public congregation space that will enable showcases, discussions, screenings and other events. Each summer, as part of the Stratford Arts Programme, it will host a themed season of events with a focus on digital and innovation. As well as working with students, staff and researchers to present and experiment with ideas, we will be partnering with internal and local stakeholders to create an exciting range of community-facing initiatives including summer schools, pop-up kitchens and activities. Throughout the rest of the year, we are hoping to encourage use of the space when possible, more to come about how you can get involved soon.

Arcade East in Workshop mode, design drawing by OpenDesk

Arcade East in Workshop mode, design drawing by OpenDesk