Just Room? Architecture and Spatial Practice of the District Law Court

Project: Research

Description

The goal of the project is to define how architectural design and space configuration of Swedish district courthouses affect the judicial system and practice of law. Though little researched, architectural design is deemed to have great effects on everyday court work. Since 1965, district courthouses have been reduced in number, privatised, doubled in size and adjusted in order to embrace digital technology and prevent security risks. The project deals with the spatial aspects of these interconnected processes of transformation and aims to 1) define and explain the course of events that made it possible to radically decrease the number of courts and privatise the premises, 2) compare the architecture of historical and contemporary court buildings in terms of explicit objectives and spatial practice 3) determine the effects that the implementation of digital technology has had on court space and 4) understand how security, from being a non-issue, entered the building programs and how it has affected the perception and layout of court space. The project is organised in four thematic sub-parts and the methods used are spatial and architectural analysis, site observations, interviews and discourse analysis. Most important, the project contributes to clarifying the implications of and notions behind modern judiciary architecture. As such, it will provide the foundation required to support or revise the current court space regime.
Short titleJust Room
StatusNot started

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