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Designing frames: The use of precedents in parliamentary debate

Umney, Darren and Lloyd, Peter (2018). Designing frames: The use of precedents in parliamentary debate. Design Studies, 54 pp. 201–218.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2017.10.008
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Abstract

Using the naturally-occurring data of official UK Parliamentary transcripts for the development of a new high speed rail project, this paper takes one characteristic of the design process, the use of precedent, to explore how problems and solutions are framed during discussion. In contrast to accounts of reframing that describe one big insight changing the design process we show how one particular precedent allows a series of attempts at reframing to take place in discussion. We conclude by arguing that precedents enable a diffusion of semi-objective meaning in discussion, similar to a prototype in a more conventional design process. This contrasts with other types of discourse elements, such as storytelling, that function through the subjective accumulation of meaning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0142-694X
Keywords: design process; design precedents; framing; discourse analysis; legislation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 52764
Depositing User: Darren Umney
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 14:29
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 16:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52764
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