White House Redesign
PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE PRESIDENT
The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants… Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
- Theodore Roosevelt
In the redesigned White House, transparency in structure is matched by transparency in the President’s daily and nightly actions. From the floor of the presidential chamber, a 24/7 live presidential videocast displays the President on a 8,137.5 square foot LCD monitor that matches the chamber’s footprint.
Public access to the presidential chamber is through an opening in the floor at the geographic center of the continental United States. This opening is connected to the ground below by ladder. Visitors who climb the ladder to the presidential chamber can enjoy public access to the President’s goings on, unfettered from governmental and media distortion, and without compromising the safety or efficacy of the Presidency.
PRIVACY IN THE WHITE HOUSE
In all my public and private acts as your president, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end. – Gerald R. Ford
The White House is the only private presidential residence open to the public, free of charge. But its public tours effectively limit public access to a prescribed number of rooms during a prescribed time of day and day of the week. This illusion of public access masks a privileged privacy within the White House that is adverse to effective democracy. Thus, we propose a redesign of the White House, whose cornerstone shall be transparency in government.
The redesigned White House pays homage to the grand scale and white columns of James Hoban’s 1792 design. Supported by 13 columns, which represent the 13 original colonies, it stands 6 stories above ground. Its 9,167 square foot presidential chamber is recognizable from below or above as the continental United States. The presidential chamber has no walls. Instead, 50 columns support its ceiling along its edge, each representing one of the 50 states. The result is a truly transparent structure.
WHITE HOUSE SPECIFICATIONS
Construction: White carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate
Total Height: 60 feet (18.3m)
Height of Supporting Columns: 41.5 feet (12.6m)
Height of Presidential Chamber: 18.5 feet (5.6m)
Presidential Chamber Floor Plan: Continental United States
Presidential Chamber Access North-South Axis: 35.8 feet (10.9m)
Presidential Chamber Access Minor Axis East-West Axis: 29 feet (8.8m)
Presidential Chamber Footprint: 9,167 square feet (852.6m sq)
Ladder: 90 feet (27.4m)
Supporting Columns: 13
Presidential Chamber Columns: 50
Presidential Videocast Schedule: 24/7
Presidential Videocast: 8,137.5 square foot LCD monitor (756.3m sq)