Justice & the Rule of Law as artefact: the Design of the UK Supreme Court

Cameron, Lorna (2017) Justice & the Rule of Law as artefact: the Design of the UK Supreme Court. Masters thesis, University of Lincoln.

Justice & the Rule of Law as artefact: the Design of the UK Supreme Court
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The concept of justice is an integral part of every democratic society. What
exactly it means in any age is always the subject of debate but there is no
doubt that it exists. The aspiration to achieve justice is timeless, transcending
history and national borders and acknowledged by some of the most influential
texts in UK history: The Magna Carta, in 1215, The American Constitution in 1787,
The Great Reform Act in 1867, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in
1948, The Human Rights Act in 1998. (1) The UKSC is the means by which this
aspiration is secured: the bricks and mortar and golden robes, are all the physical
manifestation of a national aspiration to be governed justly and in accordance
with the rule of law. It is the highest point of arbitration between the individual
and the state. Its rulings reflecting the constant tensions between competing
interests, shaping the relationship between the state and those it seeks to
govern. This Masters Study explores the interface between the aspiration for
justice, the intangible artefact of the rule of law, and the architectural design
of its physical space : a UK Supreme Court building, hereafter UKSC. It asks the
question what is the appropriate artefact to give physical expression to the
presence of the intangible cultural artefact the rule of law?

Keywords:law courts architecture, sense of place, materiality, intangible critical heritage, rule of law, criminal justice, courts of law
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W250 Interior Design
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K190 Architecture not elsewhere classified
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K120 Interior Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Design)
ID Code:34110
Deposited On:17 Nov 2018 20:50

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