The hidden world of MOUT and FIBUA cityscapes (MOUT = military operations on urban terrain and FIBUA = fighting in built-up areas). Although the Nato Urban Operations Working Group
site is rather scant, there's plenty of information at Secret Bases
(which also has a hefty amount of information on Project Lennox
, the new US Embassy in London), including this map of the Mock Township
in Sennybridge, once the small village of Mynydd Epynt
(last link at Abandoned Communities
). From SB: 'A rather more politically correct term is OBUA – Operations in Built-up Areas – although army wags have been known to refer to it all as FISH & CHIPS – Fighting in Someone's House and Causing Havoc in People's Streets!'
See also our gallery of Imber
on Salisbury Plain, home to the above FIBUA village
at Copehill Down (great big image
at Barnard Micro Systems'
website in reference to the 2008 MoD Grand Challenge
, a UK version of the DARPA events
. Copehill Down - which even has a 'slum/shanty town' section - was the venue for invited suppliers to 'produce an autonomous or semi autonomous system designed to detect, identify, monitor and report the position of a wide range of threats within a complex military urban environment, including within individual buildings'.
The work of photographer Spencer Murphy
captures many of these places (see image below). Murphy's 'Architects of War' series illustrates the blank, empty facades and murderous cul-de-sacs of these masochistic villages. His work is featured in 'Cities Gone Wild
', Geoff Manaugh's
contribution to Architectures of the Near Future
, the new issue of Architectural Design.*
Other things. The Decibel Tolls
, an mp3 blog / Eye Magazine
is now available on issuu
). Well, bits of it / The Impostume
, a weblog / The Can and String
, a weblog / aerial photography by Alex MacLean
/ and it all comes full circle, as Jones
returns to battlesuits and cityscapes
, stressing the city's role in how we 'survive the future' aspect of the initial post, rather than any inadvertent military-industrial overtones. More later, we're sure. The West Riding: Two-thousand and Nine
, Owen Hatherley on the 'bleaker version of normality' of Wakefield, Halifax, etc. etc. 'Quite honestly, anyone who knows and/or comes from the industrial towns of the south - say, Southampton, Portsmouth, Colchester, Reading, Slough, Swindon, Luton - can't help being jealous
of the sheer strangeness of their Northern equivalents, their hills, their scale, the closeness of open country, the amount of extraordinarily serious, world-class architecture, the lack of '80s-90s tat...' And yet, 'There's no sense here that city air is free air, but instead an almost all-pervasive air of latent violence that could explode at any moment'.
Labels: architecture, urbanism