A project by dpr-barcelona, FAST, and Studio-X

Camps, prisons and compounds; airports and embassies; faraday shields, drone geographies or domestic retreats. What is architecture’s role in the construction of contemporary security apparatus?

Unmanned is a publication series co-edited by Malkit Shoshan (FAST) Ethel Baraona (dpr-barcelona) and Marina Otero (Director, Global Network Programming, Studio-X), which addresses the possibilities and impact of the security structures and technologies on the built environment. What are the spatial and ethical implications of warfare technology? How can emerging technologies be leveraged to offer alternatives to the spatial assemblage of contemporary power? Can or should architects go beyond the visualization and exposure of the militarization of public space? We seek to unpack these questions through five main topics: DronesAdhocracyRetreatCompounds; and Missions.

These five themes are explored through a series of public events, conversations and collaborations with architects, artists and designers, policy makers, military officials, lawyers, diplomats, aid workers, hackers, novelists, human rights experts, academics and researchers, which have already been initiated with The Drone Salon  at Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam), with Landscapes of Secrecy at Studio-X.

The publication is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Graham Foundation and the Creative Industries Fund.

Unmmaned is part of the project Drones and Honeycombs and Architectures of Security, and forms part of a series of public events on drones, organized in collaboration with FAST, Studio-X, Columbia University, dpr-barcelona, and The Center for the Study of the Drone in NYC.