4.285 Research Topics in Architecture: Citizen-Centered Design of Open Governance Systems

As taught in: Fall 2002

A photo of the Palace of Minos in Crete, specifically a balcony with three columns in front of a painted wall.

The Palace of Minos, in Knossos, Crete. (Image courtesy of AICT.)




Daniel Greenwood

Prof. William Mitchell

Course Features

Course Description

In this seminar, students will design and perfect a digital environment to house the activities of large-scale organizations of people making bottom-up decisions, such as with citizen-government affairs, voting corporate shareholders or voting members of global non-profits and labor unions. A working Open Source prototype created last semester will be used as the starting point, featuring collaborative filtering and electronic agent technology pioneered at the Media Lab. This course focuses on development of online spaces as part of an interdependent human environment, including physical architectures, mapped work processes and social/political dimensions.

A cross-disciplinary approach will be taken; students with background in architecture, urban planning, law, cognition, business, digital media and computer science are encouraged to participate. No prior technical knowledge is necessary, though a rudimentary understanding of web page creation is helpful.