Joe Day: Prison architecture (July 28, 1994)



Joe Day speaks to a SCI-Arc class about his research into the architecture of prisons. Comparing prison to museum design, he argues that both building types deal with many of the same architectural issues. He compares John Soane’s Dulwich Museum, George Dance’s Newgate Prison and ?tienne-Louis Boull?e’s Palace of Justice, and the idea that institutional buildings like museums and prison’s should have a presence in the city. Comparing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York to Jeremy Bentham’s Penopticon prison design, it becomes apparent how these two similarly configured buildings address issues related to circulation, lighting, storage, and display.

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