How Design Impacts Politics

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The Isle of Man's High Court of Tynwald is considered the world’s oldest continuously sitting parliament, established by Viking settlers more than 1,000 years ago.

Members of the High Court of Tynwald sit in opposing benches, facing each other. It's one of five styles found in all 193 U.N. member states, although the Isle of Man is not one of them.

David Mulder van der Vegt first began thinking about how physical spaces influence politics in 2010. Since then, he and his architecture partner, Max Cohen de Lara, have chronicled and examined the design of all the parliaments within U.N. member states, and visited 15 parliaments around the world, to understand how architecture — the way politicians sit and face each other, the design of the room — impacts political outcomes. Their book, "Parliament," is out this month.