In order to further understand the function of a civic center let me define what a civic center is — a civic center is prominently a land area meant to be a focal point with significant buildings surrounding it. Thus the Lincoln Center is a perfect example of urban renewal. Robert Moses in the 1950’s was in the surge of going against preservationists architecturally. He created many public parks and promoted new infrastructure. Nonetheless, the Lincoln Center is now the world’s leading performing arts center. it unites 11 designated art buildings together altering the scale of New York city back in the 60’s and still maintaining that prestigious value in its name and area. While back then the Lincoln Center may have looked forced onto where it stands today because this project displaced more than 7000 low-income. Furthermore, the assistance promised to the people whom resided there never happened. However, in the present day Lincoln Center quite fits well in the neighborhood it sits at since Central Park is not too far away from it and the iconic Broadway st leads to the view of the center.
The Lincoln center has a definite influence from the public spaces that existed in Europe. A definite influence is “Piazza del Campidoglio” located in Rome, Italy. Similarly, to the Campidoglio the Lincoln Center is a point where people are meant to gather whether it’s from the city or students from the halls and schools situated on it. The organization of the center follows Il Campidoglio from the two buildings on the side to the geometries on the floor. It’s definitively one of those places where you walk with the respect towards prestige and the knowing of differences in society. It’s a center constructed for the best and built by some of the best architects. It’s a space that invites you to take it in yet it’s also a place to reflect on its upbringing and dedication.