A glimpse into the future of city halls?

The new ideas on Design, Urban Planning and Policy Making are inspired by the rising of a new type of citizen who is less territorial, more environmental sensitive, and willing to engage in direct public, social discourse. Architecture has historically played an important role in setting up  or breaking down power structures and barriers, both from a symbolic and technical stance. 

An array of interesting examples of new city halls that are mirroring the shift in the way citizens envision political power, and the ways to engage with it, is presented on the guardian: 


The vision described in the article coincides greatly with the Changing Places' vision on Cityscope, particularly the interactive, data intensive aspect of a dynamic observatory that conveys something different from a frozen monumental city view.