These 5 architectural designs influence every Parliament in the world

There is a very interesting book by Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder van der Veg. In the book they have studied architectural designs of all 193 countries members of United Nations.

They say most of the designs can be of five types: opposing benches, semi-circle, circle, horseshoe and hybrid. Each of these designs obviously also tells you about state of governance as well:

Every one of the United Nations’ 193 member states has a legislature — and each has a plenary hall for its meetings. How does the architecture of these assembly spaces structure the way that legislature makes decisions?

To answer that question, we spent six years collecting the architectural layout for each one of those buildings. We’ve published our findings in our book “Parliament.” By comparing these plans in detail, we wanted to understand how a political culture is both shaped by and expressed through architecture. Organized as a lexicon, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the book for the first time allows a comparison of all national parliaments in the world.

We found a clear pattern. Although each of the 193 United Nations member states has a parliament of some kind — albeit with varying degrees of democracy — their plenary chambers have a very limited number of shapes. Most surprisingly, these buildings have hardly changed since the 19th century.

Read the full thing, Superb stuff..

 

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One Response to “These 5 architectural designs influence every Parliament in the world”

  1. Aaditya Dar Says:

    Thanks! This has great images too! This would make a great companion to IPU’s PARLINE’s database http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/parlinesearch.asp

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