Leopold Lambert on Architecture and Occupation

Occupation is a second way that architecture is used to serve military purposes. Of course one could think of the Roman Legion’s settlement and some other temporary military structures; nevertheless, it seems more interesting here to understand the word military as an ensemble of means by which a nation exercises its power over a group of people. In this regard, occupation appears to be even more efficient when it is applied through a civil materialization rather than a strictly military one. 19th and 20th centuries’ European countries understood it perfectly and their bureaucratic administration-architecturally organized and represented-probably acted (and sometimes retroactively still do) more on the colonized country’s biopolitics than the colonizer’s army did.

Leopold Lambert, Weaponized Architecture p.18

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