Design for Democracy, Systems Oriented Design 2016
Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Collaborator: The Municipality of Tønsberg
All men and women are to each other
the limbs of a single body, each of us drawn
from life’s shimmering essence, God’s perfect pearl;
and when this life we share wounds one of us,
all share the hurt as if it were our own.
You, who will not feel another’s pain,
you forfeit the right to be called human.
A Quote by Saadi Shirazi
This project is a process orientated effort in developing, or perhaps, protecting a democratic process. It is contributing to the problem of participation in democratic societies by raising our awareness on differences and challenges within the societal constructs. It tries to open discussions on the role of individual’s self-awareness to their feelings and presence in time and space that results in a higher understanding of the collective societal body and extends the limits of tolerance and acceptance in the society by empowering the notion of equality among citizens. This approach also allows individuals to reflect back on their forgotten, or ignored, humanistic values and characteristics that can strengthen equality and respect towards others in the society.