Spatial Politics: Round(ish) Table Discussions

While I’ve long agreed with the idea espoused by writers such as Jeremy Till, that architecture is political, defined and dependent on the political structures and actors involved in it, I haven’t much considered the opposite, how politics might be spatial. One of the most obvious example of this is the “round table discussion” as opposed to a lecture-type discussion , whereby lack of clear spatial hierarchy allows for a more open and equal conversation. Below is a sketch plan showing lines of conversation from a local political meeting I attended. From the plan, the different agents are not immediately clear; the councillors, the residents, the chair could be anywhere.

The idea of politics on a local scale, is something that is growing increasingly important to my way of thinking as opposed to the top-down and less directly democratic national scales. Something that the EU has shown can never, however good its intentions, be seen as democratic or accountable on such a scale, while remaining functional. The idea of localised politics is something that may begin to filter into my working scenario.


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