Darren John Umney

Visiting Research Fellow

Darren studied fine art as an undergraduate specialising in film, performance and interactive art. He worked through the 1990s as an interactive multimedia consultant for higher education and gaming industry clients before migrating to the Channel Island of Jersey. As internet development manager for the local newspaper group he was responsible for the strategic development and early generation of their online publishing endeavours. After completing his PhD in 2016 Darren is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the Open University while also contributing projects at a number of other institutions.

"A Design Analysis of Parliamentary Debate" was deposited as a thesis with the OU and British Library in December 2016. This work develops a number of mechanisms for approaching the UK parliamentary process as a design process and the interactions that take place there as deign meetings. The thesis draws a number of conclusions including the relevance of design as an analytical tool and the utility of the parliamentary discourse as a source of design data. This provokes a number of subsequent studies to explore the nature of the democratic process and how design can be used to approach this and other controversial areas.

Darren is also working on an Arts Council funded project which is exploring the architectural representation of  social housing. This project, Every House on Langland Road, uses Netherfield as a case study. This estate is a unique example of  large scale rationalist housing in a suburban setting, built in Milton Keynes in the 1970s.

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