We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education. From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.
“Pretext securitization of Boston’s public realm after 9/11: Motives, actors and a role for planners” by Susan Silberberg is the culminating chapter in Policing Cities: Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge, 2013). Silberberg identifies the changes in Boston’s public spaces and privately owned “public” spaces after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and assesses the motives, players and planning roles in these public realm transformations.
Susan Silberberg was awarded a competitive research grant from the Boston Society of Architects to investigate the design and perception of public space post 9/11. Terrorist events have caused many cities and the federal government to rethink issues of public accessibility, open space design and perimeter building protection. This redesign and retrofit of public space to create a secure public realm has prompted responses ranging from organized efforts to identify roles for professionals and win government design contracts, to public outrage at the changes to u