First there was Wired Magazine‘s national security blog, Danger Room. Then there was Danger Room‘s senior reporter, Sharon Weinberger, who’s got her own website. Then there was Subtopia: A Field Guide to Military Urbanism, which is listed in the "Underground Sources" section of Weinberger’s right-hand navigation menu. That was the path that took me to it; Subtopia’s latest entry, "’Block D’ Enters the Pantheon of GWOT Space" is fascinating. Bryan Finoki, who pens Subtopia, refers to a "nebulous pantheon of war space"; "less formal territories of roving cars and disguised suicide bombers that lurk below the surface of the Middle East like a kind of unpredictable predacious root system"; "geospatial domains of ominous surveillance networks". From Abu Ghraib to Gaza’s tunnels, Finoki wonders: "Even if we could calculate the cement tonnage of this footprint, I imagine an even larger volume of GWOT’s unholy vault could only be truly gaged by its cavities of architectural secrecy."
Finoki is now my favorite.
There’s more. Go read it.
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As a long-time fan (yes, absolutely) of Subtopia may I also recommend Geoff Manaugh at BLDGBLOG? Also Pruned. All three blogs deal with architecture from a speculative perspective, and have a certain amount of overlap, not to mention a great deal of mutual respect, and often touch on issues directly relevant to conflict. Bryan Finoki does more of this, but the other two are definitely worth keeping your eye on.