Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Smooth/Striated Sydney

The appropriation and modification of space in Sydney for the APEC summit this week has moved into a new stage. It started with the closing off of spaces, restriction of visual access to key areas that will be inhabited by power over the next few days. Now the spaces around these key points are being striated to prevent movement, assembly and ultimately dissent. What has been described as Fortress Sydney is an interesting example of urban space being 'remixed' in quantitative terms, segmented to allow for altered flows or for no flow at all. Once the 'security' and 'protesters' meet in this space (defined only by the 'security' side of the exchange) we will see the meaning of the space be played out. I hope no one gets hurt.

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