Winston Churchill’s aphorism “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” was made during 1943 (28 October) debate about replacing the bombed-out House of Commons chamber. He was adamant about constructing it on the same spot as the old one, despite being much too small for the members of parliament. Churchill argued that overcrowding fostered a much stronger sense of atmosphere and political debate i.e. and confrontational design helps to keep debates lively and robust but also intimate keeping a “sense of crowd and urgency.”. Since then politicians regretted following his advice. Crowded atmosphere works very well for parties but not necessary for confrontational political debates. Feng shui advises against confrontational designs which keep people in fixed mindsets about things. Read more about Churchill and the Commons Chamber and more quotes on buildings
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