beyond the star-shaped redoubt: defensive urbanism in the renaissance

Indirect streets and narrow walkways could be put to use, Castriotto and Maggi argued, as agents of spatial disorientation, leading an invader everywhere but where they actually wanted to go. It was a kind of urban judo, or the city as martial art.

Geoff Manaugh on the deeper arts of fortification.

His links, to CCA’s old Geometry of Defense show, Architecture and the crisis of modern science by Alberto Pérez-Gómez, and Feral cities – The New Strategic Environment.

Also: where does architecture begin?

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