Walking between urban facts and fictions, this exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects 9 July - 27 Sept 2015 presented a series of investigations on controlled urban areas.

The focus was privatised public spaces – urban environments which are nominally public, but owned and managed by commercial entities. The images on display explored how carefully camouflaged surveillance technology is used to monitor these areas and, potentially, to manipulate behaviour. Other parts of the exhibition looked at how these spaces are marketed and present an idealised version of urban environments.

Whether documenting the networks of sensors designed to 'track' suspect individuals or exploring how plants are used to disguise security architecture, this exhibition suggested how paranoia intrudes upon the urban imagination.

It was curated by Sunil Shah and sponsored by the UCL Urban Laboratory. It also featured a specially commissioned new installation by Ollie Palmer.

For more information, visit the exhibition website

 
 
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