Monday, August 27, 2012

An Architectural Defense Against Drones

This past Spring semester, I took a class in the Sam Fox School over on the other side of Wash U. The class was "Extreme Architecture" and in it, Prof. Fraser pushed us to investigate extreme environments. I could think of no environment more extreme than the one presented to us by drone warfare.

Much has been made about how to correctly use drones. Journalistic hemming coincides with academic hawing as the American people try to understand what they can and should do with the tremendous power of remote-controlled death.

None of these people have considered how to defend themselves from drones, only how to better control them.

I propose that no jurisprudence, no sociology, and no anthropology is currently prepared to understand how to live under the threat of drones. I propose that architecture is the only field that can properly define the outer limits of this fear and how to interact with it while trying to maintain a semblance of normality in the life someone else is trying to end. Fear, normality, defense, and safety are matters for architecture. A solution must be welcoming and cozy, but also bristling in a defensive posture.

The project is linked here. You know where to find me if you're looking for more questions or answers. Welcome to Shura City.

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