The next step is to organize security not for individual buildings but for the whole area - a security ring similar to that created by city walls in the past. These organizations are symbolic of peace and justice, so they shouldn’t look like impenetrable fortresses to people. Inhabitants should feel privileged to be just able to walk out of their offices and stand in the middle of a dunescape.“
– Casper van der Feltz -
International Zone project
manager for the department
of Urban Planning
Ordered, light-filled and hygienic architectures produce and render a supposed democratic and safe society. Laid out by the guidelines of security, urbanscapes have grown into forensic scenographies built by policing technologies. When Tim Robinson, senior vice-president of Thales’ Security Division, states that “Security is a more politically acceptable way of describing what was traditionally defence” not only he claims that military projects are realized and financed by civil security ones. He also indicates a political agenda that consolidates militarization as the guarantor of democracy.
Wars shouldn’t be considered anymore as happening “outside”. Battlefields have become patrolling actions within our “interior”, indistinguishable from whatever we might call the environment. 1
1 Anselm Franke, The Forensic Scenography, pp. 483-494, Forensis: The Architecture of Public truth, 2014