Urban Warfare

Forensic Architecture

In the neocolonial wars of the post-9/11 period, as armed conflict was increasingly drawn into the density, complexity, and heterogeneity of urban areas, the city was no longer merely the location of war, but rather the means by which armed conflicts took shape. Spatial transformations have thus become an important means for asserting control. The nature of these transformations included both construction and destruction—of infrastructure, roads, bridges, barriers, walls. Borders (around neighborhoods, cities, states or groups of states) have both hardened along the perimeter and extended into frontier zones where surveillance, policing and management, as well as acts of killing can happen outside of legal preview.

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