In courthouse settings the public find themselves stressed, intimidated and at their most vulnerable; how can courthouse design be more empathetic to this human condition, starting with inclusivity of all users? How can the design process address these issues, starting with the project team’s implicit biases and culminating with spatial solutions?
This panel will share current court planning strategies for an inclusive programming process and ask how we can ensure that all voices are heard. We will present an overview of current trends in judicial practices and the role that architectural design can take to support these strategies. The presentation will conclude with courthouse designs that exemplify broader principles of inclusivity such as Universal Design, inclusive spaces and accommodations, and how technology, wayfinding, and physical space can support them. Finally, we ask: how can public art elevate the voices of the community and anchor an institution within its community?