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Transparency = Democracy Architecture Supporting the Social Ideals of Democracy

by SCHNEIDER, ANDREW JAMES

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In the design of public buildings for a democratic society, architectural expression and symbolism represent power over people, instead of power of the people. The architecture of libraries, courthouses, government facilities, and other buildings frequently lack a visual connection between the citizens and the building's true function, which is to serve. In a library, the seclusion of interior functions from the outside environment implies an authoritarian aura, which is contradictory to the values of open access to knowledge in the Twenty-First Century library. The public library is a truly democratic building due to its social role as a knowledge bank, and therefore its architecture must express a free and borderless transfer of information. Because of the library's need to provide opportunities through literacy for all people, it is necessary to express and incorporate elements of openness and transparency in architecture to support the social values of a democratic society.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:architecture and democracy transparency mediatheque openness library

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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