Now, at a moment when massive urbanization is spreading around the globe, and in an era during which our relationships to physical space as well as to one another are being continuously reconfigured by technology and mobility, architecture must interrogate the role of urban environments in fostering sustained interaction, confrontation, and innovation by reconsidering the design of civic space.
Architecture is most challenged by the exclusionary nature of the city and the fact that global markets and networks have interiorized nearly every aspect of contemporary society, which as a result relies heavily on the strength of boundaries and images for defining identity and as such resists most truly democratic formations.
Taking advantage of the ongoing urban process of making and remaking boundaries as images in and of the city are constantly reappropriated and transformed, architecture can use these tools to employ new strategies for establishing common ground and forging connections that will resonate with and empower the public citizen.
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