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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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Ground Zero

Ground Zero

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(p.128) CHAPTER 7 Ground Zero
Source:
Deleuze and Memorial Culture
Author(s):

Adrian Parr

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.003.0007

This chapter examines how traumatic memory can impact upon the vitality of the urban landscape as in the case of Ground Zero using Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's concepts of smooth and striated space. It investigates what happens to the transcultural movement of an urban context once we begin to reduce that context to a problem of risk management, and discusses the security issues considered in the design of the Freedom Tower. The chapter contends that urban design has started turning things inside out a little more to distribute friendliness and imagine places filled with life in all its messiness, colour, taste, smelliness, complexity and restlessness.

Keywords:   traumatic memory, Ground Zero, urban landscape, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, smooth space, striated space, risk management, Freedom Tower, urban design

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