Architectural Democracy: a framework for mapping the relationships between architecture and democracy by showcasing one case study of the city of Helsinki

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Abstract

Architectural Democracy is an ongoing doctoral research at Aalto University proposing a conceptual framework for a structured exploration of the relationship between Architecture (exemplified as the life cycle of a building) and Democracy (defined here as the assurance of every person’s rights and freedoms, that every person can access
information and is able to use one’svoice inthe process ofdecision making). It aims to create a common ground for diverse stakeholders to better understand the complexity of cities and to participate more actively in the urban planning processes.For concept development and testing the usefulness of the proposed framework, three characteristics for both Architecture and Democracy are crisscrossed as being the minimal possible ones to characterize both, in order to reduce the complexity of the matrix and thus guarantee the readability for the user. For architecture these characterics are its birth (acquisition, design and construction), life (operations) and death (recycling or renovation). For democracy the main characteristics are the civil rights and liberties, informed citizens and participation. By crisscrossing these, a 3 by 3 matrix arises, in which bilateral questions are asked. These questions are answered by the stakeholders affected. The authors argue that this framework evaluates the quality of both architecture and democracy as it provides a reference on how to measure a standard, not by its similarities but by contextualizing its societal outreach. This paper highlights the relevance of this research by showcasing onecase study of the city of Helsinki.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventCities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design - New York City Tech, CUNY, New York City, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 202118 Jun 2021
http://architecturemps.com/new-york-2021/

Conference

ConferenceCities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design
Abbreviated titleArchitecture_MPS
CountryUnited States
CityNew York City
Period16/06/202118/06/2021
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