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Courthouse Architecture, Design and Social Justice

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ISBN 9781032071039
September 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection interrogates relationships between court architecture and social justice, from consultation and design to the impact of material (and immaterial) forms on court users, through the lenses of architecture, law, socio-legal studies, criminology, anthropology and a former high court judge.

International multi-disciplinary collaborations and single author contributions traverse a range of methodological approaches to present new insights into the relationship between architecture, design and justice. These include praxis, photography, reflections on process and decolonising practice, postcolonial, feminist and poststructural analysis, and theory from critical legal scholarship, political science, criminology, literature, sociology and architecture. While the opening contributions reflect on establishing design principles and architectural methodologies for ethical consultation and collaboration with communities historically marginalised and exploited by law, the central chapters explore the textures and affects of built forms and the spaces between; examining the disjuncture between design intention and use; and investigating the impact of architecture and the design of space. The collection finishes with contemplations of the very real significance of material presence or absence in courtroom spaces and what this might mean for justice.

Courthouse Architecture, Design and Social Justice provides tools for those engaged in creating, and reflecting on, ethical design and building use, and deepens the dialogue across disciplinary boundaries towards further collaborative work in the field. It also exists as a new resource for research and teaching, facilitating undergraduate critical thought about the ways in which design enhances and restricts access to justice.

Table of Contents


Kirsty Duncanson and Emma Henderson

Part One: Building Justice

1. Reimagining Spaces for Indigenous Justice: The Architecture and Design of the Kununurra Courthouse

Martyn Hook and Elizabeth Grant

2. The Architecture of Law Courts: How Concepts of Justice — Light, Transparency, Access and Equality — Drove the Design of New and Renovated Courthouses for Federal Courts in Australia

Michael Black

Part Two: Justice Buildings

3. Refractions of Legal Justice (Forensic Precinct Series 2)

Peter D. Rush

4. Indigenous Courthouse and Courtroom Design in Australia: Case Studies, Design Paradigms and the Issue of Cultural Agency

Julian Murphy, Elizabeth Grant and Thalia Anthony

5. Interpellation by Design: Could Court Buildings Influence Jury Decision Making?

Kirsty Duncanson and Emma Henderson

6. The Child Sexual Assault Trials: Reconceptualising the Design of Court Spaces According to Trauma Informed Principles

Annie Cossins and Emma Rowden

Part Three: Justice Outwith Buildings

7. 'And That's Why Street Wise Complainants Now Always Give Evidence Behind Screens, Live': Exploring the Intensive Affects of the Court Room

Anna Carline, Clare Gunby and Jamie Murray

8. Digital Justice and Video Links: Connecting and Conflating Courtroom and Carceral Space

Carolyn McKay

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Kirsty Duncanson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University, Australia.

Emma Henderson is the Director of Graduate Research in the Law School at La Trobe University, Australia.