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Ambivalent Architectures: Violence in Public Places (Special Issue: Ambivalent Architectures) (Report)

Borderlands 2010, Oct, 9, 2

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Introduction In recent years a growing body of literature within political studies, but also more generally in urban planning and sociology, political geography, heritage studies and International Relations, has drawn attention to the way the built environment shapes political violence (Gregory & Pred 2007; Coaffee 2003). With this in mind, some writers have started to address the complex relationship between political violence and the built environment: how urban sites are targeted, destroyed and reconstructed (Bevan 2006). In many cases this reflects a growing awareness of attacks on cultural institutions in war, as different groups seek to erase the emblematic structures and architecture of opposing communities. In some quarters this has given rise to the issue-driven analysis of 'urbicide', to shed light on the strategic nature of attacks on the built environment, on urban centres, and on certain buildings as part of military campaigns (Graham 2004). While it is well known that urban centres, and for that matter particular buildings and parts of state infrastructure are often targeted in military and terrorist campaigns (such as bridges and critical national infrastructure), questions about the role other buildings play in political violence remain unanswered: how are acts of political violence shaped by the backdrop of the urban environment and why are certain buildings used in campaigns of repression?

Ambivalent Architectures: Violence in Public Places (Special Issue: Ambivalent Architectures) (Report)
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  • Published: Oct 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Borderlands
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  • Language: English
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