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Down With the Pub
(02/11/2001)
Better Public Building
(02/11/2001)
Architecture & the Car
(06/11/2000)
The Politics of Open Space Design
(09/09/2000)
Housing the Soul
(10/05/2000)
How Buildings Behave
(11/05/2000)
Mary Colter
(November)
Public Architecture and Design-Creating Community
Better Public Building

The late 20th century has generally been written off as a period of dismal public building. Previously, court houses, schools and municipal centers were considered ornate monuments to democratic ideals, and they took pride of place in their communities. Over the past 50 years they've tended to be relegated to the edges of towns, and conceived merely as functional spaces. What happened to our sense of the monumental, or even the centrality of public buildings? A British government commission has set out to solve the problem in England.