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

Darren Umney, Chris Earl, Peter Lloyd

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2016 International Conference: Future–Focused Thinking
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Pages3687-3698
Number of pages12
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2016
EventProceedings of DRS 2016 International Conference: Future–Focused Thinking - Brighton, UK, 27-30 June, 2016
Duration: 20 Jun 2016 → …

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NameProceedings of DRS

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ConferenceProceedings of DRS 2016 International Conference: Future–Focused Thinking
Period20/06/16 → …

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Keywords

  • political debate
  • design process
  • design precedents
  • design analysis
  • design data

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    Umney, D., Earl, C., & Lloyd, P. (2016). Design as analysis: examining the use of precedents in parliamentary debate. In Proceedings of DRS 2016 International Conference: Future–Focused Thinking (Vol. 1, pp. 3687-3698). (Proceedings of DRS). Design Research Society. https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2016.378