Designing for Democratic Engagement

  • Margaret DoyleEmail author
  • Nick O’Brien


This chapter shifts the focus to the broader post-war design culture. It considers the way in which urban design and planning met challenges similar to those encountered by administrative justice and human rights during the same period and explains how alternatives to the priorities of individual user, system and closure were expressed in the values of community, network and openness. The post-war vogue for Scandi-design, the celebrations of the Festival of Britain and the contested territory between the ‘new humanists’ and the ‘new brutalists’ emerge as directly relevant to contemporary options for administrative justice in an age characterised by a ‘digital by default’ mentality.


Community Network Openness Design history Consumerism Participation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of EssexLondonUK
  2. 2.University of LiverpoolStockportUK

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