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Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, Their Clients, and the Public

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Illuminates the issues that must be addressed in designing a suitable and successful courthouse.
There are almost as many ways to design a good courthouse as one that is less than satisfactory. Celebrating the Courthouse illuminates, for the diverse professionals and laypeople who plan and create courthouses, the issues that must be addressed to achieve an effective and satisfying building. This book unites the skills and experience of architects, judges, administrators, and ...

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Overview

Illuminates the issues that must be addressed in designing a suitable and successful courthouse.
There are almost as many ways to design a good courthouse as one that is less than satisfactory. Celebrating the Courthouse illuminates, for the diverse professionals and laypeople who plan and create courthouses, the issues that must be addressed to achieve an effective and satisfying building. This book unites the skills and experience of architects, judges, administrators, and lawyer-users to guide the design of a complex building type. No attempt is made to prescribe a particular program for any model courthouse project. We live in too diverse a design world for that: courthouse programs are specific and distinct from one another. Rather, the distinguished contributors lay out a variety of solutions that can help solve the problems confronted in particular settings. Considering historical precedent, context, functional requirements, and public and client needs, they focus on the best practices in design and also upon some design failures, addressing the pitfalls presented by courthouse programs, which are among the most complex that architects face. Finally, they look at the technological revolution and the future of courthouse design.

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Editorial Reviews

Isabel Abislaiman - New York County Lawyer
“No doubt, the authors in this book are among the leaders of courthouse architecture today.”
Listed Heritage
“[I]lluminates, for…diverse professionals and laypeople…the issues that must be addressed to achieve an effective and satisfying building.”
William J. Angelo - ENR.com
“Provides practical experience and wisdom [and]….illuminates the subject for the diverse professionals and laypeople who plan and create courthouses.”
Traditional Building
“Whether viewed as a history, philosophical text, or even a how-to guide, this book is an unqualified success”
The Commonwealth Lawyer
“[S]hows the enormous diversity of styles…possible without sacrificing the principle common to all civilised societies that 'justice matters.'”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393730708
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Flanders, a consultant in court administration, lives in Pelham, New York.

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