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the boy was in the hallway…

December 25, 2009

The first characteristic of rape spaces is the lack of visibility and accessibility. All of the rape spaces found at the Orlando Public Library have visibility levels of less than 10% from the street level. The visibility levels are attributed to the opaque guardrail barrier, and the fact that the rape spaces are one level below the ground level. A recommended solution would be to incorporate perforations or embrasures into the guardrail design which would increase visual accessibility to the space. Visibility should be between 30%-100% to avoid blind spots, and it would be interesting to study the percentage of visibility required to make a space ‘visible’ in the urban environment. Visibility also poses another problem, and that is that many of the rape spaces are not visible until you are right up on them, which gives attackers or killer Care Bears and advantage. (read more @ critique this)

How does architecture feign utopia? Will the gleaming new projects of today be the rape spaces of tomorrow? Is there anyway to legitimize architecture as humanist pursuit when artistic intent impedes the very modern life it intends to promote?

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  1. swimboi permalink
    December 25, 2009 8:59 am


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