Ground Zero

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI:
Ground Zero

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This chapter examines how traumatic memory can impact upon the vitality of the urban landscape as in the case of Ground Zero using Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's concepts of smooth and striated space. It investigates what happens to the transcultural movement of an urban context once we begin to reduce that context to a problem of risk management, and discusses the security issues considered in the design of the Freedom Tower. The chapter contends that urban design has started turning things inside out a little more to distribute friendliness and imagine places filled with life in all its messiness, colour, taste, smelliness, complexity and restlessness.

Keywords: traumatic memory; Ground Zero; urban landscape; Gilles Deleuze; Felix Guattari; smooth space; striated space; risk management; Freedom Tower; urban design

Chapter.  6140 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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