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If We Build It, They Will Come.

ID Number: 25019
Maker: Allison Coley; Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility
Technique: digital print
Date Made: 2005
Place Made: United States: California
Measurements: 43.5 cm x 56.5 cm; 17 1/8 in x 22 1/4 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: Cardstock / paperboard (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
If We Build It, They Will Come. Boycott. Can architectural absence=social presence? Holding over 2,000,000 individuals, the U.S. has the largest documented prison population in the world. Politicians and members of the previously non-existent "prison-industrial complex" attribute decreasing national crime rates to increasing prison construction. But does this correlation actually exist? And what programs and institutions are suffering from inflated prison system budgets? Take Action. Others will follow. By taking bold steps to protest the proliferation of prisons in the U.S., architects can motivate citizens, legislators, and corporations to participate in broad debate on the socially harmful effects of modern incarceration trends. architects/designers/planners for social responsibility adpsr Boycott Prison Design, Construction, and Renovation for more info and to join the campaign Visit www.adpsr.org/prisons/


Acquisition Number: 2006-052

Notes:
If We Build It, They Will Come was designed for the Prison Design Boycott, a national initiative of the Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR). Launched in 2004, the Prison Design Boycott calls on architects and design professionals to not participate in the design, construction, or renovation of prisons. The pledge for this initiative is: I believe that too many people are being incarcerated and that our society must immediately develop and implement alternatives to incarceration. I believe in creating design for a society with real security and social justice for all, and I will not contribute my design to the perpetuation of wrongful institutions that abuse others. In recognition of the deep injustice of the present prison system, I pledge not to do any work that furthers the construction of prisons or jails.


Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.


Exhibition Annotation:
Social Responsibility (ADPSR) was established in 1981 to promote nuclear disarmament. Since 1990, they have focused on ecologically and socially responsible development, including educating and organizing their constituency to stop designing prisons. ADPSR is currently asking the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to amend its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to prohibit the design of spaces for torture and killing, including the design of execution chambers and super-maximum security prisons (“supermax”), which inflict torture through long-term solitary confinement. The poster’s title is a play on the signature line of the 1989 Kevin Costner film, Field of Dreams, where Costner’s character repeatedly hears a voice whispering “If you build it they will come.” In other words, the more prisons you build, the more prisoners you need to fill them. The pledge for the initiative promoted by the poster is: I believe that too many people are being incarcerated and that our society must immediately develop and implement alternatives to incarceration. I believe in creating design for a society with real security and social justice for all and I will not contribute my design to the perpetuation of wrongful institutions that abuse others. In recognition of the deep injustice of the present prison system, I pledge not to do any work that furthers the construction of prisons or jails.



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