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Congregant Space

How Museum Space Considerations Can Help Build Community: a power point slide package

Modern museum architecture has been a mix of established function and aesthetic practice. Museum programs are a mix of object based, curator focused, presentations and a desire to transfer power to the audience and become more customer responsive. Some museums are sincerely interested in serving as a center for civil community activity. They use words like meeting ground, forum, town square. City planners, theoreticians (Jane Jacobs, New Urbanists, etc.) have presented theories to create more livable and humane cities. Can museums that are interested in inclusion use the theories associated with building humane cities to create spaces and programs that build community? If so, what are the spaces, the space designs needed? And how do museums incorporate these when looking at building or modifying their physical plant?