Design Studio 2012/2013 – We The People

Democracy, Architecture and the City

Only offered from September 2012 - June 2013

course code: AR3EX120

In September 2012, we started the design studio: We The People: Democracy, Architecture and the City’ for master students from the tracks Urbanism and Architecture at Delft University of Technology.

The studio responds to the emergence of movements for more democracy all over the world, and for the right to choose and build your own environment. At the same time we recognized that architects and planners are making themselves dependent on multinational corporations and all-spectrum governments, undemocratic and democratic. Reacting on these developments we raise the question: who are you designing for? For the developer? For the Government? Or for the people?

In this graduation studio we want the students to look for ways in which design can give people the power over their environment.  Does that happen through participation? Through autarkic self-determination, through gaming and social media? Or through timeless classic representative democracy where you delegate your decisions by means of voting to professional politicians?

Participating students:


13 responses to “Design Studio 2012/2013 – We The People

  1. Maaike Zwart

    This studio sounds really interesting and I would love to visit the meetings, but I’m currently studying abroad. Are you putting more information online, or is it possible to have a (short) skype meeting? Thanks

  2. Hi Maaike,
    Great that you’re interested in the studio! We will continue to update this page as soon as more information comes available. However, students are quite free to decide their own path within the studio.
    Best, Design as Politics.

  3. Stephanie van Rappard

    I would like to attend the info meeting. Where is it? Tomorrow or Wednesday?
    Thanks & kind regards,

  4. Hi Stephanie, the info meeting is both on April 24 and 25 during lunch (12:45-13:45) in room C (together with explore lab). See you there!

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  7. Hi,

    The English translation of the submissions information isn’t too clear. Where can I find clear information about post-graduate studies in NL (and specifically on your course) inc. costs,



  8. Hi Marc,

    This studio is not a post-graduate but a Master graduation studio for students enrolled at Delft University of Technology. Check for more info about post-graduate studies at Delft.


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  12. I wish I could join this studio! I am a final year interior design student from London, my final project is based on similar concept to this studio. I am planning to design a building with office space, meeting rooms, lecture theatre and studios all having the common ethos of design activism, where its design for a political cause. If anyone has any vision/suggestions/comments for this political ‘HUB’ please feel free to email me on
    Thanks 🙂

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