space: democracy

Below is an extract from “The Edifice Complex” by Deyan Sudjic

“A democratic building does not intimidate through its size, although there is no reason for it to be small. It embodies the sense of a public place to be used and enjoyed by a community of equals. In theory that means a building that can be experienced in many different ways by different people. It might therefore be designed to have many entrances rather than just one. A long processional route to the leader’s office is a totalitarian form. In contrast, a genuinely public space, such as a forum with many routes through it, is a democratic space.”


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