Reducing Boundaries. Understanding Exclusion Through Security Defensive Systems in Wealthy Urban Areas

Paperback, 300 pages
ISBN: 978-88-6977-118-7
Date: 2017
Price: $ 22.00 / £ 16.00 / € 20,00


Reducing Boundaries offers a new perspective on an often under researched topic: what is the upper and middle classes perception of their own security? While human sciences have mainly focused on poor and low-middle classes evicted from urban space, Reducing Boundaries explores the strategies that the most privileged classes enact in order to preserved their own (real or perceived) security. In the context of an interdisciplinary framework of analysis and through a series of case studies (from Porto Alegre, to Brussels, to Venice), class-specific security measures and policies are considered both in themselves, and in terms of their impact of the urban fabric of cities and on the lives of the different social groups involved. This book crowns a four-year international project funded by the European Research Agency.

Emanuela Bonini Lessing holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences and is Assistant Professor at Università Iuav di Venezia. Her work deals primarily with communication theory and design in European cities and regions. She served as curator and coordinator of the project ‘Reducing Boundaries, understanding exclusion through security defensive systems in wealthy urban areas. Porto Alegre, Brussels, Veneto region’, funded by the European Research Agency, since 2013.

Fabio Vanin is an architect and urban designer, holding a Ph.D. in Urbanism from Università Iuav di Venezia. He is currently assistant professor in Landscape Urbanism at the Master STER in urban design and spatial planning at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and co-director of Latitude Platform. He recently published Transforming Mobility: Collective transport and spaces in Nablus and Ramallah (ed. 2017), Maputo, Open City: Investigations on an African Capital (2013).

Daniel Silva Achutti holds a PhD in Criminal Sciences obtained at PUCRS (2012), with study period at the University of Leuven – Belgium (2010/2011 – with a CAPES/Brazil scholarship). He has experience in the area of Law, with emphasis in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Criminology, Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice.



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