Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State

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Michael Sorkin
Routledge, 2008 - 398 sider

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 level—barricades and barriers in front of buildings, beefed up border patrols, gated communities, "safe rooms,"—to more abstract levels—enhanced surveillance at public spaces such as airports, increasing worries about contagion, the psychological predilection for fortified space—the contributors cover the full gamut of securitized public life that is defining the zeitgeist of twenty-first century America

 

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Cities and the War on Terror
1
Empire of the Insensate
29
Urban Operations and Network Centric Warfare
51
Empires New Land Grab
79
Waiting in African Cities
97
Strategies of Surveillance Tactics of Encroachment
111
Restating the Obvious
141
Protecting the Indefensible from the Indeterminate
163
Fear Insecurity and Paranoia
233
Staged Authenticity Today
259
Hardened Sites and Softened Symbols
277
Whats Hiding in the Security State
305
Thanatotactics
325
A Brief History of the Car Bomb
351
Contributor Notes
377
Index
385

The State September 11 and the Displacement of Chinatown
177
Mourning in America
213

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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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