Thought I want to come back to

It leaves one breathless to remember how quickly [Oscar Newman’s concept of] defensible space, originally a tactic for the further liberation of society’s disadvantaged, was “consumed,” or turned in on itself and reconstituted as a strategy to “control” space in global enclaves of privilege.

That’s John Kaliski, in his introduction to Steven Flusty’s Building Paranoia. It’s strikingly apropos to recent discussions (in class and outside of it) as to whether artifacts can meaningfully be said to have politics. More about this very soon.

One response to “Thought I want to come back to”

  1. John Kaliski says :

    And it only gets more incredible by the day that what was a tactic for the liberation of urban spaces has become a strategy to control them. Best regards, John Kaliski

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