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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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415953672
ISBN-10: 0415953677
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 420
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Sorkin

Michael Sorkin is an architect, professional writer, and professor at City College. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and is generally regarded as one of the most prominent architectural writers in America.

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