lundi 26 avril 2010

# Forms of Constraints by Norman Johnston

picture: Illinois State Penitentiary Stateville 1916

Forms of Constraints: A History of Prison Architecture is a book written by Norman Johnston which investigates the physicality of prisons from middle age to the XXth century. It is very interesting, not only as an understanding of the retaliation institutions prison embodies but also because prisons represents the quintessence of authoritarian societies, one can very easily compare their plans with those of "normal" architecture and find a lot of similarities. Architecture is systematically used as an apparatus of control and the plan almost always expresses this dimension very clearly.

Johnston Norman. FORMS OF CONSTRAINT. A history of prison architecture. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2003

Pentonville Prison London 1844

Moabit Prison Berlin 1844

Prision Modelo Madrid 1877

National Penitentiary Mexico City 1885

Maison de Force Ghent 1839

First Western Penitentiary Pittsburgh 1820

Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia 1821

Central Prison St Petersburg 1884

4 commentaires:


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Merci pour ce post, les planches sont superbes on dirait du Corbu et cela ressemble a 90% de la production actuelle de logements et de bureaux !

elodie a dit…

Très belle expo sur le sujet en ce moment à Paris au musée Carnavalet :
L'impossible photographie, prisons parisiennes (1851-2010).

Anonyme a dit…

It all began with Jeremy Bentham in 1791 and his Panopticon. One point to control everything.

The eye that all sees. Like Alberti's eye.

Or Ledoux's eye, and his Royal Saltworks 1779.

Get Back Together With Your Ex a dit…

Very exclusive photo and article thanks for sharing.Linda Nexus