Logic of Sensation Essay

November 4, 2011

Following Foucault’s idea of a heterotopia of deviation, the cemetery and the parallels it lies with a prison, the essay will focus primarily on the prison institution and shifts both the institutions have undergone from being situated in the heart of a city to the outside fringe. It will look at the implications of reintegrating the prison back into a city and the ‘affect’ of an architectural element of the prison, the wall.

The prison and cemetery are two fundamental institutions that are quickly set up following any given natural disaster that devastates a city’s infrastructure, with the hospital following, however, once order has been re-established, these two institutions are pushed back outside the city, whereas the hospital remains. By relocating the prison back into the city, the knowledge of knowing the presence of the institution affects, almost a sixth principle (following Foucault’s five), where the affect can take place even before physically entering any opening, but rather, a mental entry of knowing. As such, the wall of the prison plays an important role as a mediator of the relationship between the sidewalk, the road and the existing city fabric across the road. How the wall is determined fundamentally ‘affects’ even someone walking by without any intention of entering the premise. Once again, this effect is only applicable with the prison and the cemetery.

The essay will look at several historic prison structures that have remained in the city and its ‘wall’, as well as present day prison walls, and explore what would need to be suitable if prison was to shift back into the heart of a city.




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