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  16. The extent to which new public buildings reflect societal values and attitudes  depends on whether one considers a building’s intended function or its design. In the  former sense, new public buildings do mirror society, while in the latter sense they do  not.

  The intended uses of new public buildings say something about our priorities and  values as a society. For example, proliferation of public cultural centers and schools  reflects a societal concern for the arts and education, respectively, while new prison  construction indicates a heightened concern for safety and security.(来源:学网)

  The design of new public buildings, however, fails to mirror society, for two  reasons. First, modern democratic states do not have the luxury of making cultural  "statements" at any expense. Functionality and fiscal accountability dictate the face of  public architecture today. Second, public participation in the process is limited. New  buildings typically reflect the architect’s eccentric vision or the preference of a few  public officials, not the populace’s values and attitudes. In England, for example, Prince  Charles oversees and approves the design of new public buildings. The resulting  conventional designs suggest his unwillingness to break from tradition. Yet it would  seem unfair to assign his lack of vision to English society. In Denver, the controversial  design of a new airport met with public outcry for its appearance, expense, and lack of  functionality. Does the airport reflect the values of Denver’s denizens? Probably not.

  in conclusion, while modern public buildings seem to reflect the values and  attitudes of a society in their function, they do not necessarily do so in their design.

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