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CHRISTIAN KÜHN & HARALD TRAPP / AUSTRIA: PLENUM: PLACES OF POWER, 2014 All power comes from the people: This message is the foundation of modern, representative democracy. Since the 18th century, it has been globally accepted, as a utopian dream, as a promise, and often enough as an empty phrase. Parliaments are both instruments and monuments of this idea: inside they are places of ritualized debate; on the outside, they represent the power of nations. For the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014 information on 196 national parliament buildings worldwide was collected by a team of researchers and students at TU Wien together with data on the economies and political systems of the respective states. Each parliament was built as an abstract model in the scale of 1:500. This subset 241 presents 49 African parliaments ordered by location. Synthetic material, 1:500 49 models, various dimensions


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