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Literally meaning ‘gathering place’, the agora is placed in the heart of the community. When sensing a genuine need for debate and discussion in a particular place, the agora becomes a catalyst for a dense situation of exchange. In our current individualistic society, there is need for the promotion and reconfiguration of public life and this can be achieved in tangible places such as the agora. A crucial space for the practice of democracy or for holding out conflicts, it is usually constructed in a circular shape, which demonstrates a non-hierarchical way of organizing space. Architecture, as the practice of organizing space, can influence the organization of society.
Through the often temporal character of the structure, the agora is both hunting and awakening the desire to communicate on a level playing field. The gesture of starting a dialogue in an ephemeral space can become a ritual, then a habit that settles and reinforces the physical agora by its presence more permanently.