Metamorphosis I: The Physical Reconstruction of Holloway

Paul Rock

in Reconstructing a Women's Prison

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780198260950
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682179 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Metamorphosis I: The Physical Reconstruction of Holloway

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The fall of the old Holloway prison and the rise of the new were to be synchronised. There was to be a carefully directed movement, a phased reconstruction, that entailed destroying the old radial prison piece by piece until it occupied half the site whilst the new anti-panopticon grew up on the other half. What was called the ‘operating’ prison would have to contract, performing all or nearly all of its existing functions within a progressively reducing space, and it would then gradually expand again as it decanted its population of staff and inmates into the new quarters. The architects' own working assumptions in choreographing the project were clear: there could be ‘no contortion of final result because of rebuilding problems’. It is important to describe the structure of planned phases that came to dominate the future course and character of the project. The record of the Holloway redevelopment project was, above all, a history of its phases.

Keywords: reconstruction; radial prison; inmates; Holloway prison; redevelopment project

Chapter.  9308 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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