Physical Changes

Physical Changes

In an age of open-concept offices and cross-discipline collaboration, what does it say when our House of Commons has a centuries-old design? These articles take inspiration from other Parliaments, and cutting edge workplaces to suggest physical changes to Parliament that might encourage behavioural changes in Parliamentarians.

Blog Posts on Physical Changes to Parliament

  • February 19, 2013

    Parliament, meet Pixar

    Steve Jobs put intense thought into the design of Pixar's headquarters to ensure that the building itself ensured collaboration and creativity. What does our House of Commons say about the way we want our MPs to work? Some examples from around the country and around the world on designing Parliaments to work better.
  • February 18, 2013

    What if we actually Redesigned Parliament? This week's theme: Parliament's Blueprint.

    What if Stephen Harper and Elizabeth May had to sit side-by-side? Would MPs be more polite if they sat in a circle instead of a square? Is a virtual parliament possible? Samara's Jennifer Phillips gives us a hint of what's coming up this week in the Redesigning Parliament blog series: Thoughts on physical changes to the House of Commons.

More great ideas on this topic came from within the walls of Parliament


Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore

Responses from Samarans


"I'd probably make the chamber circular. Maybe virtual? Reduce travel." - @daeaves

"Why not have the parliament meet in chambers across the country, rather than just in Ottawa?  Very few people actually watch parliament on television, and the media does a terrible job of mangling Question Period, so let's take Parliament on the road.  Yes, this would certainly increase costs and travel for some, but MPs are already traveling between Ottawa and their home ridings on a regular basis.  Further, I feel this would do a lot to bring 'Ottawa' closer to Canadians from coast-to-coast to coast.  If no other country has tried this before - let's be the first and forever remove geography as a barrier between Canadians and between Canadians and the political process." - @dan_lussier

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