Indefensible Space

Indefensible Space

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Showing how the upswell of paranoia and growing demand for security in the post-9/11 world has paradoxically created widespread insecurity, these varied essays examine how this anxiety-laden mindset erodes spaces both architectural and personal, encroaching on all aspects of everyday life. Starting from the most literal levela€”barricades and barriers in front of buildings, beefed up border patrols, gated communities, qsafe rooms, qa€”to more abstract levelsa€”enhanced surveillance at public spaces such as airports, increasing worries about contagion, the psychological predilection for fortified spacea€”the contributors cover the full gamut of securitized public life that is defining the zeitgeist of twenty-first century AmericaIndeed, childprotection has been packaged as an addon to various family calling plans. For$10a month, services suchas Verizona#39;s a€œChaperonea€ or Sprinta#39;sa€œFamily Locatora€ enableparents to locate their childa#39;s kidfriendly wireless phone onanbsp;...

Title:Indefensible Space
Author: Michael Sorkin
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-05-13

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