‘Building Absence’: Stephen Tourlentes’ prison landscapes

I think the images are fascinating in a disturbing way. It’s rather like, wherever these places are, in the vast majority of cases if you live near them, they rather overwhelm the landscape, especially at night. It’s really quite “in your face” for those who live around them, and I’m sure that’s part of why you won’t see these things, at least the ones built recently, located anywhere near elite neighborhoods. There’s one other thing it calls to mind that really has nothing to do with crime or punishment or discrimination at all, and that’s the loss of the night. The amount of light pollution today is incredible; we have turned almost our entire urban space — again with the exception of elite neighborhoods — into a landscape that’s intensely lit 24/7, without any real regard for the consequences, and we have doubled or tripled that affect with more powerful light fittings in the past couple of decades without any evidence that this latest intensification reduces crime.

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