28th April 2010

A workshop entitled Panopticons? Compliance, urban space and contemporary design is being held at Edinburgh University on June 9th.  The event is free (and includes lunch and refreshments) but places are limited. Please register in advance at: law.events@ed.ac.uk.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the links between architecture, cityscapes and crime. It will examine: (i) how far and in what ways urban space and the inner contours of the built environment (including the prison) shape individual and/or group interactions and identities; (ii) the capacity for built structures to generate compliance and/or well-being; and (iii) whether structural forms facilitate or inhibit the emergence of particular moral or cultural orders.  After a roundtable, all participants will be invited to contribute to a design forum, the results of which will be displayed in an exhibition. Keynote speakers are: Dr Richard Williams (School of Arts, Culture and the Environment, University of Edinburgh) Dr Richard Jones (School of Law, University of Edinburgh) Dan Gunn, Governor (Glenochil Prison) Chief Inspector Tony Beveridge (Lothian and Borders Police).