Whitworth: Making And Unmaking City Centers

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Since time immemorial, temples have been the go-to place for both ancient and modern people when conducting a wide array of religious, social, and political activities. Aside from being religious and ritual spaces, temples have also served as dwelling places for monarchs and bureaucracies, wherein they handle public affairs as well as develop and implement infrastructure and legal codes. Bearing this in mind, Zach Whitworth demonstrates the uncanny resemblance of many modern state government buildings to temples—in terms of architectural style, sheer scale, and central placement. Read full article here

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