Democratic Architecture is an ongoing and evolving project that strives to establish the theoretical grounding for a new ethical discourse informing decision-making in the built environment, and develop a new form of practice. It raises important…[Read More]
“If the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is henceforth condemned to live. Thus, indirectly, and without any clear sense of the nature of his task, in making the city man has remade himself.” (Park, 1967)
The condition to which Park points is illustrative of how the city directly shapes the…[Read More]
Is it possible to speculate on the specific form of democracy that Democratic Architecture should embrace?
The Right to the City may only exist where input from the citizenry is actively sought since, even where mechanisms for democratic influence do exist, many feel suitably disenfranchised not to act. As such, this right is not something that can be merely allowed by others passively, but something that must include active efforts to…[Read More]
Democratic Architecture asserts that the architectural processes which form the built environment should ideally be within the control of those who are to live within these environments. Such architecture is ‘democratic’ because it is literally ruled by the people. But what form…[Read More]
Given the centrality of the built environment as a site where contemporary economic, social, political and ecological crises are played out, one might think that Architecture, as a practice and a theoretical discipline, would be an integral part of the solution to these problems. Yet there is a clear argument that Architecture faces its…[Read More]
Commoditisation of the city can drive an unhelpful relationship between citizen and city, since legal/financial ownership does not necessarily imply a feeling of ownership. Without this feeling, people are unable to experience the three satisfactions Porteous expresses as deriving from true ownership: “control over space…[Read More]
When discussing Democratic Architecture, this question often stands as one of the most prominent. Really, the answer is twofold. On a normative level, the question regards whether the public (particularly those more deprived) would make ethical decisions. On a practical level, the question is whether the public at large hold enough technical knowledge to…[Read More]
In 2006 Jeremy Till posted an article on Open Democracy the themes of which are very consonant with Democratic Architecture. These themes remain as pertinent today as they were then.
Like Democratic Architecture, Till is sceptical of much talk of ‘participation’ in the political and architectural spheres. This is not to say that participation…[Read More]
The specific relationship of specialists to the citizenry is something that is being trialled and tested through a series of workshops carried out by Democratic Architecture. This research is ongoing and strives to establish first-hand experience with group processes and how a specialist may relate…[Read More]