The Political Aesthetics of Counter-Terrorism Design

Mörtenböck, Peter and Mooshammer, Helge. 2013. The Political Aesthetics of Counter-Terrorism Design. In: Gary Boyd and Denis Linehan, eds. Ordnance: War, Architecture and Space. London: Ashgate, pp. 33-49. ISBN 9781409439127 [Book Section]

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‘War and architecture are usually seen as mutual opposites, in that the former destroys urban and social fabrics while the latter hopes to repair and improve them. Yet this excellent collection of essays shows that the two are far more intertwined than perhaps we would wish. On a fascinating journey we are taken from the squares of colonial Savannah over to Ireland and Britain, then to France and Germany in the Second World War, plus a digression to look at soldiers’ gravestones from an earlier conflict in the Crimea. It is a chilling but highly informative read.’
Murray Fraser, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, UK

‘From colonies, bunkers and camouflaged buildings to maps, railways, watchtowers, counter-terrorist street furniture, even homes… Like no book before it, Ordnance really gets to grips with the many ways in which militarism stalks everyday architecture, infrastructure, landscape and memory. A startling and beautifully illustrated collection that should become a pivotal text in burgeoning debates about the architectures of war past and present.’
Stephen Graham, Newcastle University, UK

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