Monday, February 26, 2007

Architectural Push-Overs?

This question is related to the previous post and in response to Mike Davis’ Ecology of Fear. In it he describes the extent to which (in Los Angeles specifically) security consultants such as the police department have taken an increasing role in the design of our urban environment. This type of activity is also best seen in the suffocating revisions to the Freedom Tower in New York as mandated by the NYPD. My question is to what end? Is it not the architect’s role to have an understanding of all elements which contribute to the design and creation of the built world around us?

2 comments:

stoic said...

"Is it not the architect’s role to have an understanding of all elements which contribute to the design and creation of the built world around us?"

YES! But isn't the architect's role to make these decision's with intelligent questioning and thought. It is almost disgusting they produced a design for the Freedom Tower without any consultation from the police that are required to "protect and serve" the public on this site.

But isn't it the architect's role to make sure that gets taken care of without a huge uproar that happened in the case of the NYPD. They didn't just suffocate it with revisions, they shut down an entire process of design when it was released to the public.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/weekinreview/04ouroussoff.html?n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fSubjects%2fA%2fArchitecture

This article and line of thought doesn't do the need for Security to be implemented as a design principle, but it is a start.

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