Democracy, autocracy and truth forming (and what architecture’s got to do with it?)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting


This edition of BK Talks, co-organised with BK’s Diversity Officer Roberto Rocco, investigates the intersections between the built environment and democracy, and how the absence of shared truth forming undermines our ability to deliver sustainable, fair and inclusive cities.

For moral and political philosopher John Rawls, truth concerns validation, whereas justice determines acceptability: what is acceptable or not acceptable as outcomes of people’s and institutions’ actions and agreements. Both contribute to the formation of a democratic public sphere. This democratic public sphere is where some sort of common understanding of the World is formed and shared, which allows us to decide how we are going to live together in cities and communities. Manipulated social media, radical populism and political cynicism fuel disinformation and untruth, corroding the public sphere, and eating at the very core of democracy. Without shared truth forming, and true public reasoning, there’s no agreement about how to face the biggest challenges of our times: climate change, growing inequality, and the fall of democracy itself as a viable project.

Moderated by Dr. Caroline Newton, the panel aims at finding some answers about the role of design in contributing to shared truth forming about cities and communities.
Period2 Jun 2022
Event typeOther
LocationDelft, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational