Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State

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Indefensible Space features a prominent cast of contributors writing on one of the central urban issues of our times: the increasing envelopment of public space and public life by an architecture of security. Starting from the most literal level - concrete barricades and barriers in front of buildings, beefed-up border patrols, gated communities, "safe rooms," well-defended office spaces to more abstract levels - enhanced surveillance at public spaces such as airports, increasing worries about contagion, the psychological need for fortified space - the contributors cover the full gamut of securitized public life in America today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415953672
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/8/2007
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sorkin is an architect, professional writer, and professor at City College. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and is generally regarded as one of the most prominent architectural writers in America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Fear Factor   Michael Sorkin     vii
Cities and the 'War on Terror'   Stephen Graham     1
Empire of the Insensate   Steven Flusty     29
Urban Operations and Network Centric Warfare   M. Christine Boyer     51
Planet America: Empire's New Land Crab   Mark L. Gillem     79
Waiting in African Cities   Abdoumaliq Simone     97
Border Tours: Strategies of Surveillance, Tactics of Encroachment   Teddy Cruz     111
Restating the Obvious   Ruth Wilson Gilmore   Craig Gilmore     141
The Threat from Within: Protecting the Indefensible from the Indeterminate   Kathi Holt-Damant     163
Blank Slates and Disaster Zones: The State, September 11, and the Displacement of Chinatown   Laura Y. Liu     177
Back to Zero: Mourning in America   Michael Sorkin     213
The New Emotions of Home: Fear, Insecurity, and Paranoia   Setha M. Low     233
Staged Authenticity Today   Dean MacCannell     259
Architecture Emblematic: Hardened Sites and Softened Symbols   Trevor Boddy     277
Me and My Monkey: What's Hiding in the Security State   Cindi Katz     305
Thanatotactics   Eyal Weizman     325
'The Poor Man's Airforce": A Brief History of the Car Bomb   Mike Davis     351
Contributor Notes     377
Index     385
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