Derecho y Arquitectura/ Law & Architecture. USA.UK

Architecture and Justice

Judicial Meanings in the Public RealmEdited by Jonathan Simon, Nicholas Temple and Renée Tobe

Ashgate (Serie ‘Ashgate Studies in Architecture’), London, 2013, 300 pp. ill.

ISBN: 978-1-4094-3173-2

Bringing together leading scholars in the fields of criminology, international law, philosophy and architectural history and theory, this book examines the interrelationships between architecture and justice, highlighting the provocative and curiously ambiguous juncture between the two. Illustrated by a range of disparate and diverse case studies, it draws out the formal language of justice, and extends the effects that architecture has on both the place of, and the individuals subject to, justice. With its multi-disciplinary perspective, the study serves as a platform on which to debate the relationships between the ceremonial, legalistic, administrative and penal aspects of justice, and the spaces that constitute their settings.

The structure of the book develops from the particular to the universal, from local situations to the larger city, and thereby examines the role that architecture and urban space play in the deliberations of justice. At the same time, contributors to the volume remind us of the potential impact the built environment can have in undermining the proper juridical processes of a socio-political system. Hence, the book provides both wise counsel and warnings of the role of public/civic space in affirming our sense of a just or unjust society.


Foreword, Baroness Vivien Stern


Section 1

Prisons and Prison Cells

Penal aesthetics and the pains of imprisonment, Yvonne Jewkes

Architecture and contested space in the development if the modern prison, Helen Johnston

A simple idea in architecture: on the principles of projecting prisons, Gabriela Switek

The watchman in the vineyard: historical traces of judicial and punitive practices in Lincoln, Nicholas Temple

Section 2

Courthouses and Courtrooms

Back to the future? The challenge of the past for courthouses of tomorrow, Linda Mulcahy

Lecture theatre: echoes of the Palais de Justice in legal education, Keith Crawford

Virtual courts and putting ‘”summary” back into “summary Justice”’, Emma Rowden

Constitution Hill: just space or space of justice?, Zarina Patel and Clinton David van der Merwe

The architecture and operation of the Imperial Chinese yamen, Peter Blundell-Jones

Section 3

Civic and Societal Order

Violent stone: the city of dialectical justice, Jonathan Charley

The spatial registers of justice, Richard Patterson

Gimme shelter: mass incarceration and the criminology of the housing boom, Jonathan Simon

Drawing conclusions: Fort Rupert, British Colombia in 1863, John Bass

Repurposing with a vengeance: a dance of restrained acts towards justice, Catherine Hamel

Section 4

Philosophical Questions of Propriety

Architecture, justice, conflict, measure, Peter Carl

Politike Arete: or the origins of civic justice, Renée Tobe

Ensemble performances: architects and justice in Athenian drama, Lisa Landrum

The architecture of Lincoln cathedral and the institution of justice, John Hendrix

Politics and architecture, Raymond Geuss


Jonathan Simon, University of California Berkeley, USA

Nicholas Temple, School of Architecture, University of Huddersfield, UK

Renée Tobe, School of Architecture, University of East London, UK

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