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THE SECURE ILLUSION: DIPLOMATIC ARCHITECTURE INFORMED BY THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SECURITY

by NEWMAN, RYAN P

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What are the psychological effects of living in a society creating architecture that is driven from a fear and paranoia of attack? How can architecture, understanding that it can never be one hundred percent secure, attempt to design buildings are inhabitable but are still safe? A new U.S. embassy compound in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, plays as an experiment to investigate four major topics: psychology of fortifications, the duality of opacity and transparency, symbolism of diplomacy, and the concept of non-linear and informal structures. A catalytic process becomes the approach to all four topics, informing the design in a different fashion when each catalyst is applied. Immersing the iterative process in each of the four topics will result in a new perspective of security in built form. Now designing with a manipulation of the perception of space and the construct of security, rather than the fortification of architecture into bunkers
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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