Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State by Michael SorkinIndefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State by Michael Sorkin

Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State

EditorMichael Sorkin

Paperback | October 31, 2007

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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

Michael Sorkinis an architect, professional writer, and professor at City College. He is a frequent contributor to theNew York Times, and is generally regarded as one of the most prominent architectural writers in America.
Title:Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity StateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:420 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.9 inPublished:October 31, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415953685

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Fear FactorMichael Sorkin  1. Cities and The War on TerrorStephen Graham  2.Empire of the InsensateSteven Flusty  3.Urban Operations and Network Centric WarfareM. Christine Boyer  4. Planet America: Empire¿s New Land GrabMark Gillem  5. Waiting in African CitiesAbdouMaliq Simone  6. Border Tours: Strategies of Surveillance, Tactics of EncroachmentTeddy Cruz  7.Re-Stating the ObviousRuth Wilson Gilmore and Craig Gilmore  8.The Threat from Within: Protecting the Indefensible from the IndeterminateKathi Holt-Diamant  9.Blank Slates and Disaster Zones: The State, September 11, and the Displacement of ChinatownLaura Liu  10. Back to Zero: Mourning in AmericaMichael Sorkin  11. The New Emotions of Home: Fear Insecurity and Paranoia  12. Staged Authenticity Today  13. Architecture Emblematic: Hardened Sites and Softened Symbols  14. Me and my Monkey: What¿s Hiding in the Security StateCindi Katz  15. ThanatotacticsEyal Weizman  16.A Short History of the Car BombMike Davis