Architecture is commonly regarded as a lasting expression of the social and cultural values of the era that produces it. Because they require a considerable investment of capital and labour, buildings tend to be important representations of the concerns and aspirations of people who design and commission them. This connection between values and architectural form has lead to a range of interpretations of major historic buildings through the lenses of power structures and political ideologies. For example, the role of power in shaping space and form has been well theorised, often derived from the works of Michel Foucault. Kim Dovey has also analysed political and power structures inherent in urban and architectural designs. While past research into architecture and politics has tended to focus on major civic or institutional buildings, palaces and grand urban projects, in the last decade one other building type, the cultural centre, has become the subject of intense political interest.
IDRP: Interdisciplinary Design and Research E-Journal Vol. 3, Issue 1