The Architecture of Democracy: The Design and Landmarks of Washington, D.C.
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The Architecture of Democracy: The Design and Landmarks of Washington, D.C. asks, “how does the design of government buildings, monuments, and memorials in the capital reflect America’s principles and shape our national identity?”
Students will read essays on classical and Modernist architecture and view a short documentary on the history of government architecture in Washington, D.C. After looking at examples of different types of government buildings, monuments, and memorials, students will think about the future of civic design in the nation’s capital.
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