Parliament/Park: Civic space for a multitudinous democracy
Morel, Paul James
Master of Architecture
In civic architecture, public assembly space has become completely separated from the representational space of government. At the same time, political theorists have noted a proliferation of groups and issues that are not being adequately represented in political discourse. Parliament/Park is an attempt to imagine a collective space for the metropolis that supports a multitude of simultaneous and successive activities. Drawing on a pair of historical precedents—Cedric Price's Fun Palace and Prouvé's Maison du Peuple de Clichy—it uses transforming elements to provide programmatic opportunities for a great variety of public activities. As a para-legislative space, it would be a microcosm of political representation.
Architecture; Communication and the arts