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The political space of design research

Rice, Louis


Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture


The research explores the political implications of the design, governance, and ownership of public space and architectural environments. There are myriad criticisms of the current diminution of public space and the shift towards privately-owned and managed corporate spaces. Counter to this trend runs an emergence of alternative practices that includes collaborative collectives of design and participatory design that encourage everyone to become designers of their own environments. The production of urban space through collective, often non-hierarchical, mechanisms is being embraced through new platforms and networks such as crowd-funding, open-source, hacktivism and crowd-fixing. The research explores the socio-political consequences from these alternative modes of spatial production.

Presentation Conference Type Speech
Start Date May 5, 2016
Publication Date May 5, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Rice, L. (2016, May). The political space of design research. Presented at Process and Space - The Political Turn of Design Research Symposium
Keywords architecture, urban design, governance, participatory design, political space, collective design, alternative
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Process and Space - The Political Turn of Design Research Symposium