'Parliament' Analyzes How National Parliaments' Spaces Impact Policy

By: Joey Haar - Sep 15, 2016
References: parliamentbook & wired
The construction of spaces plays an important role in how dialogue takes shape within them, and as the new book 'Parliament' hypothesizes, this architectural conception is most important when it comes to the spaces in which governments form national policy. The book documents all 193 of the United Nations countries' national assembly halls, drawing comparisons between them and making inferences about their impact on the national conversation.

The book breaks the world's parliaments down into five distinct types: "opposing benches," "semicircle," "horseshoe," "circle," and "classroom." According to XML, the Dutch creative agency behind the Parliament book, each of these layouts shape the level of democracy and control and guide the contours of debate within nations' parliamentary halls.