Walls and warriors

Mills, Glen (1991) Walls and warriors. Urban Forum, 2 (2). pp. 89-93. ISSN 1015-3802

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In terms of the argument put forward here it would be wrong to suggest that the changing ideology, the emergent ‘new South Africa’, is responsible for the new wave of crime haunting the cities. Although rising unemployment needs to be regarded as an important factor, it could be argued that the configuration of urban space does not only set up the potential but also enables a criminal pattern to develop.
But before definite conclusions can be drawn, case studies will have to be carried out in which encounter rates, crime rates and other variables are plotted against measure of spatial integration. If, as is suggested here, these correlations are strong then the task facing architects and planners in reconfiguring the ‘new’ South African city will be made that much clearer. In theory, at least, the use of enclosures and walls in that new urban landscape would at best appear to be of little practical value, at worst highly dangerous.

Keywords:Human geography, Landscape, Regional planning, Urban planning, Population economics, Political science, Sociology
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K422 Rural Planning
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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