When The Politician Meets The Architect
Jonathan Glancey ponders what the landmark buildings of a country tell us about its political life.
|01||Political Buildings||20080420||20080423||In Britain, for all the talk in recent years of open government, our national politicians hide behind the walls of the Palace of Westminster.|
But have things ever been any different? Jonathan considers the architecture of politics, from ancient Athens to contemporary Berlin via Westminster, Brasilia, Cardiff and Washington.
|02 LAST||Economics, Grand Designs And Vanity Construction||20080427||20080430||Political will as much as economic circumstance shapes the look of our capital cities, especially the skylines.|
For ambitious politicians, high-rise buildings spell success and a will to triumph.
Yet skyscrapers are essentially old-fashioned, reminiscent of 1890s Chicago and 1920s Manhattan.