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In a post-9/11, post-financial crisis, post-truth world, this month’s AR looks at architecture as both the instrument of violence and the palimpsest of its evidence.

Treading the ambiguous and fluctuating boundaries of jurisdiction, Nabil Ahmed’s keynote contemplates the spatial nature of justice, from the architectural to the planetary, while Danae Stratou and Yanis Varoufakis find that, rather than bringing countries closer together, globalisation reinforces the territorial divisions and walls of violence it should in theory make obsolete. The cruelty and brutality of these divisions are rendered in full dimensionalised detail in Theo Deutinger’s Handbook of Tyranny, our Book of the Month.

With the question of incarceration coming under increasing scrutiny and more than 10 million people in the world’s prisons, this month’s Typology explores a short history of the prison, from the Bastille to America’s ‘supermax’ correctional institutions. The ‘most humane prison in the world’ – CF Møller’s Storstrøm Prison in Denmark – contrasts vividly with the vibrancy and surreal autonomy of San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia, where inmates live with their families, earn a living, and mete out their own rules and punishments.

In this issue, you will find...

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Building justice: On the spatial dimension of justice and lawSubscription

By Nabil Ahmed

As the boundaries of jurisdiction are increasingly challenged, the spatial nature of justice moves between the architectural and the planetary

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Stack effect: Tribunal de Paris in France by Renzo Piano Building WorkshopSubscription

By Andrew Ayers

Instantly recognisable on the city skyline, the Tribunal de Paris unites courtrooms and judicial offices in a glass ziggurat

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Paint the town in red: Ledeberg municipal services centre in Ghent, Belgium, by de Vylder Vinck TaillieuSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

The new innards of the town hall in Ledeberg erupt from its 19th-century chrysalis

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The Globalising Wall: globalisation, conflict and divisionSubscription

By Danae Stratou, Yanis Varoufakis

Rather than bringing countries closer together, globalisation reinforces territorial division

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The new normal: exercises in American citizenshipSubscription

By Mimi Zeiger

In recent times, events in the US have raised an awareness of the connections between the built environment and questions of justice, equity and political agency

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House of representatives: US Embassy in London, United Kingdom, by Kieran TimberlakeSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

The US Embassy in Vauxhall revives its site on the south bank of the Thames  

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Hive mind: Refugee classroom in Za’atari Camp, Jordan by Emergency Architecture & Human RightsSubscription

By Katrine Bech Taxholm

A prototypical classroom for a refugee camp brings momentary hope, but the measure of its success will be whether it can be replicated in quantity

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Unequal measures: the right to the city in Lagos and Addis AbabaSubscription

By Marco Di Nunzio

In African cities – as in cities all over the world – ‘building as development’ is depriving people of their right to the city, exacerbating inequality rather than diminishing it

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Cruel and usual: ‘Handbook of Tyranny’ by Theo DeutingerSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

From the emasculation of the public realm to the horror of capital punishment, state power depends on a hellish infrastructure of objects and tactics Handbook of tyranny 20171020 camden bench page 84 tc edit

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Spaces of rebellion: on architectures of control and perverse spectacleSubscription

By Paul Davies

Throughout history, spaces have been appropriated and undone in the service of rebellion

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The devil in the detail: the architecture of evidence and reconstruction of truthSubscription

By Francesco Sebregondi

From Adolf Loos to the Grenfell tower, from figurative to literal crimes, architecture used as evidence exposes how claims of truth are constructed

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Spent shell: Museum of Beit Beirut, Lebanon, renovated by Youssef HaidarSubscription

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Emblematic of Lebanon’s troubled past, the Beit Beirut museum seeks to prove that memory is at the root of the narrative of history

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Outrage: Architects should not design without considering the politics that they are tacitly sanctioningSubscription

By Léopold Lambert

Designing prisons condones the system of organised violence behind them

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Combas Architectes: ‘It has to be a matter of bringing the same care to building a church as to a prison’Subscription

By Claudia Maier

Bringing together expertise in urbanism, structural design and interiors, Combas Architectes’ detention centre in Marseilles is an oasis for its inhabitants

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)Subscription

By Darran Anderson

The last of the Ancients and the first of the moderns, Piranesi’s legacy can be felt from the work of Lebbeus Woods and Alexander Brodsky to PoMo and Brutalism

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Prisons of conscience: Storstrøm Prison in Gundslev, Denmark by CF MøllerSubscription

By Jay Merrick

CF Møller’s Storstrøm Prison, on the Danish island of Falster, is intended to make the facility less institutional and more like a village community

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A law unto themselves: San Pedro prison in La Paz, BoliviaSubscription

By Rusty Young

The thriving sense of community at San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia, belies the dangers to which inmate families are exposed

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Typology: PrisonSubscription

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To confine, secure, rehabilitate or punish: the prison has several, sometimes contradictory aims, but however humane its approach, penal architecture is essentially cruel

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    The AR Belgium issue is here

    Robbrecht en Daem | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Marie-José Van Hee | 51N4E | MSA | V+ | L’Escaut | OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen | noAarchitecten | AgwA | Dom Hans van der Laan | Lucien Kroll | Typology: Law court

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    AR July/August 2018 on AR House + Furniture

    ZAV | Schemata | Vo Trong Nghia | Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez | Aalto University Wood Program | Mesura | O’BVDSH | Junya Ishigami | Charlotte Perriand | Olson Kundig | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Lu Wenyu | Sigurd Lewerentz

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    June 2018 on Power and Justice

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Kieran Timberlake | Emergency Architecture & Human Rights | Youssef Haidar | CF Møller | Combas | Forensic Architecture | Danae Stratou and Yanis Varoufakis | Piranesi | Typology: Prison

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    April 2018 on Rethinking the rural

    Dessin et Construction | Carmody Groarke | Dorte Mandrup | Invisible Studio | Plan:b arquitectos | Edwin Lutyens | Typology: Building for animals

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    March 2018 on Women in Architecture

    Wolff Architects | WISE Architecture | MAIO | Gabinete de Arquitectura | Dow Jones | Paredes Pedrosa | 6a Architects | Barclay & Crousse | Amanda Levete | Madelon Vriesendorp | Zaha Hadid

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    February 2018 on Korea

    Kim Swoo Geun | David Chipperfield Architects | CoRe Architects | STPMJ | Kim Jong Kyu | Mass Studies | Iroje | Byoungsoo Cho | Sewoon Sangga | Paju Book City | Typology: Bathhouse

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    December 2017/January 2018 on New into Old

    Teget | Wingårdhs | O-office | ZHA | Duggan Morris | Diederendirrix | Heatherwick Studio | Flores & Prats | MVRDV | LOWDO | Jørn Utzon | Rafael Moneo | Cedric Price

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    November 2017 on Emerging Architecture

    Emerging Architecture awards | Berlin | Archive: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie | Karl Friedrich Schinkel | Franz Hessel | Typology: public toilet

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    October 2017 on After the revolution

    Social Condenser | Narkomfin | Program 200 | Alexander Brodsky | Alexey Ginzburg | DK-CM | Sergey Gnedovsky | Nowadays | El Lissitzky

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    September 2017 on Facades

    Gottfried Semper | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Caruso St John | Li Xiaodong | COBE | Rocha + Carrillo | Avenier Cornejo | John Portman | Typology: Shop

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    July/August 2017 issue on Home

    NL & XVW | Jo Noero | Studio Mumbai | GENS | CUHK | Lund Hagem | Lisa Shell | Lab.Pro.Fab | AHO & Kengo Kuma | Brinkworth | Charles Moore | Typology: Hotel

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    June 2017 issue on Water

    Superpositions | Philippe Rahm | Johansen Skovsted | AL_A | Vector architects | RAAAF | Plug architecture | RCR | Frank Lloyd Wright | Typology: Dam

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    May 2017 on Africa

    Wolff Architects | Ross Langdon + Studio FH | David Adjaye | Urko Sanchez | designworkshop:sa | Diébédo Francis Kéré | Typology: Skyscraper

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    April 2017 on Form

    Herzog & de Meuron | Neri & Hu | Glenn Murcutt | KWK Promes | Christ & Gantenbein | OMA | Patkau Architects | Typology: Airport | Martin Heidegger 

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    March 2017 on Shared Space & Women in Architecture

    SO–IL | Montiel | Mangera Yvars | 5468796 | Taller | XTU | Marks Barfield | Leers Weinzapfel | Typology: Public Square | Denise Scott Brown

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    February 2017 on Craft

    1438: Studio Mumbai | Peter Zumthor | Peter Salter | Liu Jiakun | Gianni Botsford | David Adjaye | Wim Goes | Fernando Menis | Typology: Studio | William Burges 

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    December/January 2016-17 on Celebrating 120 Years

    Rare and unseen archive pieces plus commentary from: Norman Foster | Patrik Schumacher | Beatriz Colomina | Yvonne Farrell | Gillian Darley | Peter Cook

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    November 2016 on Health & Death

    Death | Paul Lukez | Juan Carlos Salas | Fieldoffice | Typology: Crematorium | Boullée | Health | Karlsson/Vilhelm Lauritzen | Foster + Partners |  RUF | Aalto

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    October 2016 on Emerging Architecture

    1435: 18 rising global stars, including Frida Escobedo and Beals Lyon, plus profiles of past winners: Bjarke ingels | Klein Dytham | Thomas Heatherwick | Sou Fujimoto 

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