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Civic life is not only about the authority of government and theduties of citizens, but should also encompass passion andimagination. Civic Builders presents recent municipal buildingsaround the world that subscribe to this attitude: they alldemonstrate a quality of playfulness and liveliness, whilstmaintaining their dignity and power.
The book focuses on the city hall, where people have the mostdirect experience of government, both on the purely symbolic leveland in the nitty-gritty of governmental functions. Organisedchronologically, it begins with Säynätsalo Town Hall inFinland and three North American city halls: Toronto, Boston andDallas. The Post-Modernist Portland Building, the James R. ThompsonCenter and Mississauga City Hall take us into the 1980s, followedby a profusion of intriguing civic buildings that began to emergein Europe, North America and Asia in the 1990s - including OttawaCity Hall, the Vidhan Bhavan, La Flèche Town Hall, MurciaTown Hall and the Clark County Government Center, which is shown onthe cover. It concludes with several projects in the United Statesthat are still on the drawing board.
Beyond city halls, the book includes legislative buildings such asthe Reichstag (1999) and the European Parliament Building (1999);some buildings that are only symbolically public, such as theBerlin Chancellery (2001) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industryof Slovenia (1999); and designs that show civic imagination canflourish even in the service of administration.
It is possible to see in these buildings a warmth and welcome, anda sense of connection to community. They bring to mind the basemeaning of 'metropolis', whose roots are literally 'mother-city'.In short, they show the human touch.
CURTIS W. FENTRESS, FAIA, RIBA: INTRODUCTION -
ROBERT CAMPBELL, FAIA: BARBARIANS STRIP THE PALACE.
DONLYN LYNDON, FAIA: MAKING CIVIC PLACES THREE TALES FROMCALIFORNIA.
JOHN MORRIS DIXON, FAIA: FORMS OF GOVERNMENT.
CHARLES JENCKS: OPEN GOVERNMENT IN A CYNICAL AGE.
COLEMAN COKER: CIVIC FUTURE.
ALVAR AALTO: SÄYNÄTSALO TOWN HALL AND LIBRARY,Säynätsalo, Finland.
VILJO REVELL: TORONTO CITY HALL, Toronto, Canada.
KALLMANN MCKINNELL & KNOWLES: BOSTON CITY HALL, Boston,Massachusetts, USA.
I.M PEI & PARTNERS: DALLAS CITY HALL, Dallas, Texas, USA.
RAFAEL MONEO: LOGROÑO TOWN HALL, Logroño,Spain.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES: PORTLAND PUBLIC SERVICES BUILDING,Portland, Oregon, USA.
MURPHY/JAHN: JAMES R. THOMPSON CENTER, Chicago, Illinois.
JONES & KIRKLAND: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL, Mississauga, Ontario,Canada.
MITCHELL/GIURGOLA & THORP ARCHITECTS (MGT): PARLIAMENT HOUSE,Canberra, Australia.
DIAMOND AND SCHMITT ARCHITECTS INCORPORATED: NEWCASTLE TOWN HALL,Newcastle, Ontario, Canada.
CHARLES MOORE/URBAN INNOVATIONS GROUP: BEVERLY HILLS CIVIC CENTEREXPANSION, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
ARTHUR ERICKSON ARCHITECTS: FRESNO CITY HALL, Fresno, California,USA.
KENZO TANGE: TOKYO CITY HALL, Tokyo, Japan.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES: ONJUKU TOWN HALL, Onjuku,Japan.
DIAMOND AND SCHMITT ARCHITECTS INCORPORATED: JERUSALEM CITY HALL,Jerusalem, Israel.
ADRIEN FAINSILBER: LA FLÊCHE TOWN HALL, La Flêche,France.
MOSHE SAFDIE: OTTAWA CITY HALL, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
ALSOP ARCHITECTS: LES BOUCHES DU RHÔNE REGIONAL GOVERNMENTBUILDING, Marseille, France.
ARCHITEKTURBÜRO BOLLES+WILSON + PARTNER: WLV GMBH OFFICEBUILDING, Münster, Germany.
FENTRESS BRADBURN: CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, Las Vegas,Nevada, USA.
RICHARD MEIER: HAGUE CITY HALL AND LIBRARY, The Hague,Netherlands.
CHARLES CORREA: VIDHAN BHAVAN, STATE ASSEMBLY, Bhopal, India.
LOG ID: BGW (HEALTH SERVICES AND WELFARE CARE) OFFICE BUILDING,Dresden, Germany.
LUSCHER & PARTNERS BAC MORGES: CANTON OF VAUD ADMINISTRATIVEBUILDING, Morges, Switzerland.
FENTRESS BRADBURN: CITY OF OAKLAND ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS,Oakland, California, USA.
KOHN PEDERSEN FOX: PROVINCIEHUIS, The Hague, Netherlands.
RAFAEL MONEO: MURCIA TOWN HALL EXTENSION, Murcia, Spain.
PAREDES PEDROSA: VALDEMAQUEDA TOWN HALL, Valdemaqueda, Spain.
ARCHITECTURE-STUDIO PARIS: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, Strasbourg,France.
FOSTER AND PARTNERS: THE NEW GERMAN PARLIAMENT/REICHSTAG, Berlin,Germany.
VENTURI, SCOTT BROWN AND ASSOCIATES: LA HAUTE-GARONNE REGIONALGOVERNMENT BUILDING, Toulouse, France.
SADAR VUGA ARHITEKTI: CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF SLOVENIA,Ljubljana, Slovenia.
AXEL SCHULTES AND CHARLOTTE FRANK: BERLIN CHANCELLERY, Berlin,Germany.
BASSETTI ARCHITECTS AND BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON: SEATTLE CIVICCENTER, CITY HALL, Seattle, Washington, USA.
NBBJ: SEATTLE CIVIC CENTER, JUSTICE CENTER, Seattle, Washington,USA.
GUSTAFSON PARTNERS AND SWIFT & COMPANY: SEATTLE CIVIC CENTER,CIVIC PLAZA, Seattle, Washington, USA.
FENTRESS BRADBURN: CITY OF SACRAMENTO ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING,Sacramento, California, USA.
KOHN PEDERSEN FOX: CYPRUS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Nicosia,Cyprus.
ANTOINE PREDOCK: AUSTIN CITY HALL, Austin, Texas, USA.
RICHARD MEIER & PARTNERS: SAN JOSE CIVIC CENTER, San Jose,California, USA.