Archis 2002 #3

The architecture of suspicion

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What happened on 6 May in Hilversum’s Media Park, and on the day of Pim Fortuyn’s funeral in Mathenesserlaan, Rotterdam, not to mention the many spontaneous expressions of grief and rancour throughout the country, all point to a major level of disgruntlement with contemporary Dutch culture that cannot be ignored by any social or cultural […]

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Archis 2002 #3

Space and Safety policy document

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Summary In the coalition agreement of 10 September 2002, the Cabinet expressed its intention to issue a memorandum on space usage and external safety. Several policy directorates of the four ministries involved have drawn up the policy document in consultation with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, the Inspectorate of Housing and Quality of Life and […]

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Archis 2002 #3

Sarajevo revisited

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Sarajevo has changed enormously since my last visit, with fewer and fewer SFOR soldiers in evidence around the city. The total number in Sarajevo has dwindled to three thousand units, according to SFOR spokesman Scott Lundy, adding, with his broadest grin, that ‘our countries’ are currently more interested in Afghanistan. The various NGOs have also […]

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Archis 2002 #3

When it comes to security, there is no normality – a clinical approach to security and surveillance systems

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A CLINICAL APPROACH TO THE CONTEMPORARY SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE CULTURE SCHIZOPHRENIA PSYCHOSIS PARANOIA FETISHISM PERVERSION VOYEURISM PHOBIA OBSESSIONAL NEUROSIS NEUROSIS HYSTERIA BORDERLINE SYNDROME This ambivalent position occupied by security and surveillance technology is analogous to that occupied by the symptom in psychoanalysis. There the symptom is seen as an act of compromise. It is an […]

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Archis 2002 #3

Urbanizing war – Militarizing cities. The city as strategic site

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As the events of September 11th demonstrated so starkly, warfare, strategic violence and urbanism are intimately interrelated. To readers of Paul Virilio, this will come as no surprise; military considerations have a much greater presence in 20th-century debates about urbanism in the West than is generally believed. For example, a key factor shaping Le Corbusier’s […]

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Archis 2002 #3

Anxious architectures. The aesthetics of surveillance

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‘It seems there is nowhere to hide; everything is public, transparent, visible to invisible others. The sheltering walls of privacy have been digitally dissolved.’1 The domestic realm, once the haven from public scrutiny, is now a site of a new type of surveillance in the form data – dataveillance, the monitoring of buying patterns, purchasing […]

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Archis 2002 #3

The architecture of suspicion (editorial)

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What happened on 6 May in Hilversum’s Media Park, and on the day of Pim Fortuyn’s funeral in Mathenesserlaan, Rotterdam, not to mention the many spontaneous expressions of grief and rancour throughout the country, all point to a major level of disgruntlement with contemporary Dutch culture that cannot be ignored by any social or cultural […]

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