“Building a more trusting and caring society:
Surveillance and the evolving role of architecture in developing positive community spaces.”
Our right to privacy is often taken as being an implicit right, one that is rarely questioned as we move about the city. However, standing in marked contrast to this right, is the government’s need to surveil and control society in delivering the narrative to provide security for its citizens. Over the years, the UK government has continued to increase both the number and use of surveillance cameras, with an estimated 4.9 million cameras now in use compared with previous years’ projections of 1.5 million( Daily Telegraph. One surveillance camera for every 11 people in Britain, says CCTV survey. July 2013).
Now, in the name of security, we are being profiled, categorized, and our rights undermined. It is the purpose of this thesis to educate, and disclose such facts whilst exploring a different, more empowering function for surveillance, as part of an effort to gain our rights over the city.
London is the most surveilled city in the world, and it is here in the neighborhood of Bow, that I have attempted to explore the possibility of managing some of the footage from CCTV cameras for the public benefit. My thesis will propose to change the way surveillance is currently utilized. By re-appropriating these devices to a network of various community actors and collaborators, so they can be part of a self-managed, evidence building platform, fore fronting social values, as opposed to surveillance and control of a dominant entity. Towards this end, evidence of an underused car park will be collected so that it can be argued as it being an ineffective revenue generator of public assets. The final goal being to generate safety through use, rather than employing more cameras
Intervened by: Daniella Ricci