CIVIC CROSSROADS: A DEMOCRATIC CIVIC ARCHITECTURE FOR SUBURBAN AMERICA
Since the birth of the United States of America as a democratically governed country, architecture has been called upon to express the purposes of the new institutions of democratic government. The goal of these architects was to create spaces symbolic of the hopes and aspirations of the founders. The development of an architecture for democracy is closely connected to an understanding of the nature of the public sphere within the built environment, and of the notion of civic space in particular. This thesis investigates the meaning and importance of civic space, and through it, the nature of democratic space. The examination continues to the symbolic and spatial evocations of democracy within American architecture, and an investigation of the changing concept of civic space within American communities. Finally, the project combines the ideals of democratic and civic space in the design of a city hall for a suburban community.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:democratic architecture city hall civic
Date of Publication:01/01/2003