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Interrogation Techniques Justice Department

My recent encounter with the document presented above reminded me of the article “Violence on the Body: A Manual for the French Police Escorting ‘Illegal’ Immigrants” that I wrote three years...

Slaveshipposter-contrast

Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade act of 1788. (Library of US Congress) In the previous article, I was evoking the architecture of the holocaust’s...

The seventh volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles (as well as additional illustrations) of the blog about what I came to call “Cruel Designs,” is now officially published...

Electric Chair by Andy Warhol (1964) There is still an existing political debate about whether of not a given society should adopt (perpetuate) death penalty as its ultimate judicial sentence. It...

The corset used to be the piece of clothing wore by many women in various European royal courts (mostly the French one) during the 18th and 19th centuries. Clothe is, by...

Tear_Gas_Warfare

The guest writers series is now named “The Funambulist Papers” in preparation of the first volume of the same name (more about that soon). The 42nd episode of this series is...

It took me about a month to digest watching Joshua Oppenheimer‘s documentary The Act of Killing that was recently released in the United States and that constitutes as much a film...

Winning entry of the New State Danish Prison by C. F. Møller Architects (2010) Thanks to my friends Mariabruna and Fosco (Microcities/Socks), I got to learn that the French department of...

Original Scheme of Fleur Agema’s Prison project as she imagined it in 1999 Few days ago, Daniel Fernandez Pascual posted a very interesting project on his fantastic Deconcrete. Entittled Closed Architecture,...

As I mentioned in one the most recent articles,  I was feeling odd never to have dedicated a full article to the fascinating machine invented by Franz Kafka in his short...

We continue today to explore the “cruel designs” that collects each piece of architecture or objects that have been specifically designed to assess a hurtful power upon the body. Many people...

The panopticon in its totality / assembled photographs by Léopold Lambert Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the former Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The building is particular as...

The prospects for the section cruel designs continues with, once again, a carceral invention from the 19th century: a treadmill for prisoners as a disciplinary apparatus. JF Ptak Science Books’ website gives us...

Apparatus and system for augmented detainee restraint. Patent assigned to Scottsdale Inventions LLC (2012) The following article is a good opportunity for me to open a new category in the blog’s...

Mule Creek State Prison (Ione, California) (Note the “No Warning Shot is Required Sign”) The overcrowded Californian prisons give us an idea of the current architectural carceral paradigm. Far from the...

The article Practicing Restraint written by Will Wiles for the last issue of Cabinet about punishment is a very interesting article introducing the cruel piece of design embodied by the straightjacket...

Prison San Vittore – Milan (built in 1880) Pedro Hernández (La Periferia Domestica) was kind enough to send me a link towards a site of Manchester school of architecture that traced...

Abu Dis, Judith s., December 2003 The Israeli women of MachsomWatch who struggle against the colonial apparatuses of movement control in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, have monitored in photos...

This project is probably the most problematic that I got to publish so far. In one of the most current articles, about the book Camouflage written by Neil Leach, I evoked...

The last decade would have seen Europe experiencing a very important wave of xenophobia that are modifying our institutions in their very essence. As two current examples, Hungary is modifying its...

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