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Stemming from a research project that started in 2010, Dutch architecture firm XML has published called Parliament, (XML, 2016) a book that aims to explore the effects of government architecture on people who spend time within it. The firm noticed certain trends that were prevalent through 193 United Nation member states: "Many of the convening spaces were organized like classrooms with rows of seats facing forward; or other typical patterns included horseshoes, opposing benches, semi-circles, or like a theater in the round," says a Fast Co. Design article.

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