This book poses spatial violence as a constitutive dimension of architecture and its epistemologies, as well as a method for theoretical and historical inquiry intrinsic to architecture; and thereby offers an alternative to predominant readings of spatial violence as a topic, event, fact, or other empirical form that may be illustrated by architecture. Exploring histories of and through architecture at sites across the globe, the chapters in the book blur the purportedly distinctive borders between war and peace, framing violence as a form of social, political, and economic order rather than its exceptional interruption. Regarding space and violence as co-constitutive, the book’s collected essays critique modernization and capitalist accumulation as naturalized modes for the extraction of violence from everyday life. Focusing on the mediation of violence through architectural registers of construction, destruction, design, use, representation, theory, and history, the book suggests that violence is not only something inflicted upon architecture, but also something that architecture inflicts. In keeping with Walter Benjamin’s formulation that there is no document of civilization that is not also a document of barbarism, the book offers "spatial violence" as another name for "architecture" itself. This book was previously published as a special issue of Architectural Theory Review.
Table of Contents
1. Spatial Violence
Andrew Herscher and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi
2. On "Revolutionary Vandalism"
3. Architecture During Wartime: The Mostra d’Oltremare and Esposizione Universale di Roma
Brian L. Mclaren
4. Sentenced: Architecture of Solitary Confinement
Lisbet Portman, Raphael Sperry, Alberto Estrada Alvarez, Patrick Bearup, Aron Castlin, Ernest Jerome Defrance, Joseph Dole, Carnell Hunnicutt Sr., Baba Yafeu Iyapo-I, Dominic Marak, Ricky D. Matthews, Hector Villegas, Kenny Zulu Whitmore and Willie Worley
5. The Economy of Fear: Oscar Newman Launches Crime Prevention through Urban Design (1969 – 197x)
6. New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-Socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-Historisation
7. Mud, Dust, and Marouge´: Precarious Construction in a Congolese Refugee Camp
Marnie Jane Thomson
8. Encampments: Spatial Taxonomies of Sri Lanka’s Civil War
Andrew Herscher is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, USA with appointments in the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, Department of Art History, and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Gallatin School, New York University, USA. She writes and teaches in the history and theory of art, architecture, and urbanism, focusing on modern Africa and South Asia, spatial practice across borders, and aesthetics and politics of heritage and emergency.