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Spatial Violence

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Herscher, Anooradha Siddiqi

Routledge

152 pages

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Description

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"

Keith Bresnahan

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)

Joy Knoblauch

6. New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-Socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-Historisation

Nikolina Bobic

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

Anoma Pieris

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC000000
ARCHITECTURE / General
ARC005080
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ARC010000
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARC011000
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial
ARC021000
ARCHITECTURE / Security Design
ARC024000
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General