Today it is above all space that is in motion. There is a global struggle for old, celebrated spaces such as sales markets or political and cultural zones of influence. At the same time, new, much-discussed, virtual and metaphorical spaces are emerging, which until recently were not perceived as such and which promise to give an idea of the future ‘geography’ of society and the public. In contrast, the project Space Control is an excursion into the territories of surveillance.
The talks in Israel/Palestine take their starting point: For some years now, the political role of architects and planners has been intensively discussed under extreme social conditions between liberal economy, permanent state of war and strategic spatial policy. The Israeli protagonists of this debate meet international experts at the KIOSK: From the territorial appropriation by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, who can make the soil uncultivable by planting pine forests and declare it “state land” on the basis of an outdated Ottoman legal basis, to ethnic division cartography in Bosnia and post-apartheid architecture in South Africa, the current and new strategic functions of planning and architecture are discussed. In these territories, the planning of space is subject to the logic of control. It sketches and designs models of coexistence, movement and thought, as well as imaginary worlds organized by the “eye of power”: be it the ideal city of the Renaissance, Haussman’s boulevards in Paris or the eye of the surveillance camera. The gaze follows the lines of fire of the cannons.