Civic life is not only about the authority of government and the duties of citizens, but should also encompass passion and imagination. Civic Builders presents recent municipal buildings around the world that subscribe to this attitude: they all demonstrate a quality of playfulness and liveliness, whilst maintaining their dignity and power.
The book focuses on the city hall, where people have the most direct experience of government, both on the purely symbolic level and in the nitty–gritty of governmental functions. Organised chronologically, it begins with Säynätsalo Town Hall in Finland and three North American city halls: Toronto, Boston and Dallas. The Post–Modernist Portland Building, the James R. Thompson Center and Mississauga City Hall take us into the 1980s, followed by a profusion of intriguing civic buildings that began to emerge in Europe, North America and Asia in the 1990s – including Ottawa City Hall, the Vidhan Bhavan, La Flèche Town Hall, Murcia Town Hall and the Clark County Government Center, which is shown on the cover. It concludes with several projects in the United States that are still on the drawing board.
Beyond city halls, the book includes legislative buildings such as the Reichstag (1999) and the European Parliament Building (1999); some buildings that are only symbolically public, such as the Berlin Chancellery (2001) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (1999); and designs that show civic imagination can flourish even in the service of administration.
It is possible to see in these buildings a warmth and welcome, and a sense of connection to community. They bring to mind the base meaning of ′metropolis′, whose roots are literally ′mother–city′. In short, they show the human touch.
Other titles available in the Wiley–Academy ′Builders′ series:
Museum (1854901915), Theatre (1854904507), Library (0471977357, Church (0471977551), Monument (0471983683), Airport (0471984450), Bank (0471853593), Cinema (0471491381), University (0471988340), Bridge (047149786X)
Future titles include:
School Builders by Eleanor Curtis
Hospital Builders by Tony Monk
Theme Park Builders by Loraine Dearstyne Fowlow
Museum Builders II by Laura Hourston
Office Builders by Katherine MacInnes
ROBERT CAMPBELL, FAIA: BARBARIANS STRIP THE PALACE.
DONLYN LYNDON, FAIA: MAKING CIVIC PLACES THREE TALES FROM CALIFORNIA.
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 CENTER EXPANSION, 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 GOVERNMENT BUILDING, Marseille, France.
ARCHITEKTURBÜRO BOLLES+WILSON + PARTNER: WLV GMBH OFFICE BUILDING, 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 ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, 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 REGIONAL GOVERNMENT 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 CIVIC CENTER, 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.