Architecture Design Option Studio — Blueprints of Justice (Stanescu)

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In 2020 the justice system, predicated on conservatism and adversity to innovation, was forced into change. The unusual set of circumstances enabled the instantaneous digitization of the courts, creating a ripple effect that will continue to reverberate over the coming years, if not decades. The studio aims to take stock of this moment of change and investigate a future for the hybrid, virtual and physical spaces of justice. Specifically we will be looking at the Massachusetts Court System and working across different scales, spanning from immediate interventions into the Lynn District Court, to designing a new courthouse in Quincy, a project currently under development.

The studio will be working as a collective with the common goal to create tangible perspectives and prototypes for the Massachusetts Court System. In order to do so, we will be working closely with several partners at the courts, looking to identify the issues for all parties, including the often left out users of the courts, and define the design briefs in conjunction with them.

The studio is done in collaboration with Nóra Al Haider and Stanford's Legal Design Lab.

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