Best Indoor Public Space

Austin City Hall

It waters its own plants with the condensation from air conditioners; it powers itself with a fabulously futuristic awning over an outdoor amphitheater; it’s fully wired with free public Wi-Fi; and not only that, it looks cool. Dang right it’s the best new building, indoors and out. A civic prototype for the new milennium, our new City Hall is Austin's gracious new invitation to all citizens to come in and participate with plasma screen TVs providing live feeds of the city's proceedings and electronic kiosks in the lobby where folks can make comments to the electorate. Oh! And all the plants and trees on the grounds are native to Texas; it’s covered in copper that will change into various stages of gorgeous patina over the next 30 years; and it has a stinger! Beat that, skyline!

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