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Design as analysis: examining the use of precedents in parliamentary debate

Umney, Darren; Earl, Christopher and Lloyd, Peter (2016). Design as analysis: examining the use of precedents in parliamentary debate. In: Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.

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Abstract

Design continues to look beyond the confines of the studio as both practitioners and researchers engage with wider social and political contexts. This paper takes design into the Parliamentary debating chamber where a country raises and debates problems and proposes and explores solutions. There is an increasing amount of work that explores the use of design in policy-making processes but little that explores design as an interpretation of the Parliamentary process. This paper draws on one characteristic of the design process, the use of precedent, and examines how this appears and functions in Parliamentary debate. The paper argues that this ‘design analysis’ gives insight into debate as a design process and into the debate transcript as a naturally occurring source of design data. This contributes to the scope of design studies and suggests that the UK Parliament could be considered one of the most influential design studios in a country.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
ISSN: 2398-3132
Keywords: political debate; design process; design precedents; design analysis; design data
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 46752
Depositing User: Darren Umney
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2016 09:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46752
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