The Architecture of Control

Presidio ModeloArchitecture and design made specifically to control and easily subdue populations is nothing new; architects and urban planners have long recognised the inherent ability of design to affect mood, temperament, and even the physical and social properties of people. Prison design is one such exercise that directly engages the dialogue between space and social control. Via Web Urbanist :

Should architecture be used as a punishment in itself, made as harsh and cruel as possible in a bid to make inmates sorry for what they’ve done, or should it uplift and rehabilitate them, showing them that there’s more to the world than a life of crime?

While some architects boycott prison design altogether so as not to participate in what is often seen as a corrupt and immoral system, others produce (often controversial) designs that revolutionize prisoners’ relationships with their environment, each other and the world at large – for better or worse.

12 Futuristic Prisons here: Web Urbanist

15 Comments on "The Architecture of Control"

  1. Anonymous | Sep 25, 2011 at 12:56 am |

    I lived in shipping containers both Iraq tours. They do indeed have the “prison cell” vibe, but are livable as long as you have AC in them since they heat up like ovens.

  2. I lived in shipping containers both Iraq tours. They do indeed have the “prison cell” vibe, but are livable as long as you have AC in them since they heat up like ovens.

    • Jin The Ninja | Sep 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm |

      i’ve always thought they were kinda cool converted for residential uses, but i can see how they’d feel cell-like.

  3. Anonymous | Sep 25, 2011 at 1:17 am |

    i’ve always thought they were kinda cool converted for residential uses, but i can see how they’d feel cell-like.

  4. Anonymous | Sep 25, 2011 at 8:03 am |

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq-slang.htm
    has a list of slang used by Fobbits. The shipping container housing is CHU. The rest is bullshit that frightened cooks came up with when scary Arabs were mortaring them.

  5. Hadrian999 | Sep 26, 2011 at 4:11 am |

    we had a bunh of those but nobody would use them because we got mortared every night and every platoon was already living in actual bunkers, the shower ones rocked though

  6. Anonymous | Sep 26, 2011 at 4:25 am |

    I didn’t even know any had showers.

  7. Freethinker | Sep 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm |

    That’s insane — criminals living better than decent people?  Crime is much more profitable than life of honest work. Theater of absurd. Hope the murderers reflect on their lives in there, then go out and cut the architects, designers and bleeding heart humanists’ throats so they can go back to these fancy prisons for life of luxury and comfort at taxpayers’ expense.
    Or these prisons are only for the rich, like Madoff?

  8. Freethinker | Sep 26, 2011 at 9:46 am |

    That’s insane — criminals living better than decent people?  Crime is much more profitable than life of honest work. Theater of absurd. Hope the murderers reflect on their lives in there, then go out and cut the architects, designers and bleeding heart humanists’ throats so they can go back to these fancy prisons for life of luxury and comfort at taxpayers’ expense.
    Or these prisons are only for the rich, like Madoff?

    • The part of that which pisses me off more is not how good the criminals have it, but how bad the honest workers have it.

  9. The part of that which pisses me off more is not how good the criminals have it, but how bad the honest workers have it.

  10. The part of that which pisses me off more is not how good the criminals have it, but how bad the honest workers have it.

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