Passages from Schindler’s “Architectural Exclusion” Response Post

“Architectural regulation is powerful in part because it is unseen; it ‘allows government to shape our actions without our perceiving that our experience has been deliberately shaped'” (1940).

Schindler makes a huge point here. The fact that “architectural regulation is powerful.. because it is unseen” speaks volumes. We live in a society where everything is planned for us and we don’t really recognize it; mostly because it’s in our conscious. In addition, we are puppets to the government. As they continue to manipulate and regulate us, we will continue to not realize these changes.

“Another common version of this phenomenon is one of the most obvious forms of architectural exclusion: the walls, gates, and guardhouses of gated communities” (1958)

Schindler is very straight forward with this statement. Walls, gates, and guardhouses of gated communities are the most obvious forms of architectural exclusion that society recognizes as a built in environment, because we notice them. Whether it be prison walls, or a neighbor’s fence, architectural exclusion is seen as a way to block out others or keep what’s in, in.

“…wealthy white residents of suburban Atlanta, Georgia, suburban San Francisco, California, and Washington, D.C., have organized to oppose the locating of transit stops in their communities, at least in part because transit would enable people who live in poorer areas of the cities to easily access these wealthier areas”(1962)

The rich white people who oppose transit stops in their suburban neighborhoods directly contribute to the social divide in America today. They don’t want poor people to be able to reach their area, because poor people are linked to crimes, disease, and even laziness. The wealthy white residents of theses suburban cities also help dehumanize poor people and make them seem less worthy of even stepping near their estates.

“…’there is no such thing as a neutral design'”(1948)

Places that are open to the public and are for everybody are places that need to have a ‘neutral design.’ Schindler says there’s no such thing as this. I would have to agree with her, because everywhere isn’t suitable for certain types of people, and they aren’t taken into consideration. For example, people with disabilities have a hard time being on Georgia State’s campus because of the small elevators, endless stairs and crowded halls.

One thought on “Passages from Schindler’s “Architectural Exclusion” Response Post

  1. Really nice interaction with the text here. I wonder, though, to what extent these responses answer the question: What does the passage mean? The last interpretation seems most to adhere to the notion of summary (instead of commentary).

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