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How Can Designing a New Jail Typology Provide Growth Opportunities for Society?

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How Can Designing a New Jail Typology Provide Growth Opportunities for Society?
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We present the description of a project in the article “Prison, Architecture and Social Growth: Prison as an Active Component of the Contemporary City” written by Luigi Vessella. The author explains that his paper: 

“investigate[s] the role of architecture in the design of prisons in order to understand how we could develop a project for a jail that is a place for both punishment and rehabilitation. The effectiveness of a prison is not given only by the efficiency of the justice system in force, but also by the articulation of spaces and by the quality of the architecture. The contradiction of the prison is revealed by its need to respond to two opposing demands: punishment and reintegration.”

Additionally, we share information from the book Health and Well-Being in Prison Design: A Theory of Prison Systems and a Framework for Evolution (2022).

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Prison, Architecture and Social Growth

In the TPJ article “Prison, Architecture and Social Growth: Prison as an Active Component of the Contemporary City,” the author Luigi Vessella strives:

“to ‘break’ the macro-themes that characterize the building of the prison and within these dichotomies work on the ‘boundary-line’ between opposing realities: freedom―constriction; openness―closure; etc. If prison architecture were brought back into the debate regarding contemporary design culture, it could have a significant impact for society especially in terms of opportunities and cultural growth.”

Vessella looks at the idea of punishment and how that transfers to the architecture of prisons suggesting that “a new disciplinary conception of the architectural project open to the academic and professional world” aims “to solve and make effective the relationship between architectural design, building practices and management of the penitentiary structure.”

View of the residential garden. Photo by: © Hertha Hurnaus. View of the residential garden. Photo by: © Hertha Hurnaus.

 

Luigi Vessella is an architect and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Architecture at the University of Florence in Italy.

>> We invite you to read Vessella’s article available in THE PLAN Journal, vol. 2/2017, no. 1

 

Health and Well-Being in Prison Design: A Theory of Prison Systems and a Framework for Evolution

The book Health and Well-Being in Prison Design: A Theory of Prison Systems and a Framework for Evolution considers the perspectives of designers and prison authorities in Chile, Finland, Norway, and the United States. The stakeholders consider ways in which prisons can promote rehabilitation of inmates. This international case study research sheds light on the many layers of correctional systems.

Health and Well-Being in Prison Design: A Theory of Prison Systems and a Framework for Evolution

English
Hardback
288 pages
87 color illustrations
ISBN: 9780367763787

To learn more, check out: Health and Well-Being in Prison Design

“Prison, Architecture and Social Growth: Prison as an Active Component of the Contemporary City” in TPJ and Health and Well-Being in Prison Design: A Theory of Prison Systems and a Framework for Evolution share examples of the many complexities of prison design, management and organization. The transformation of penitentiary models– creating quality architecture and spaces for their inhabitants has proven to have a direct correlation to the percentage of recidivism.

 

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