We all hear and read the horrific news about how everything is getting clearer and more obvious every day now and how things should better be changed if we want any of the plans we have for our children to come true. As we have been up on urbanism issues quite a lot lately (thanks for everything, derami) I decided to make this September 3rd Indymedia news my (second) daily post: Climate Protests in Newcastle and regional Victoria decided its time to make a stand and 'kick off' the 2007 Australian Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meeting.
Workers erect the 2.8-meter-high fence in the city (smh.com.au)
Hosted by conservative Australian Prime Minister John Howard in Sydney 2-9 September 2007 and attended by USA President George Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Hu Jintao and other Pacific rim leaders, this forum meeting required various areas of Sydney to be contained by a nine foot high concrete and wire security fence. Unofficially dubbed as The Great Wall of APEC, Big, strong, ugly, Virtual Fortress and other names, the APEC wall is according to some opinions a sign for the rise of a new era titled "military urbanism" in Australia.
A section of the fence set to be deployed around Sydney (sourc news.com.au)
Thanks to Stephen Smith, a Webdiary contributor, for coming up with the rise of military urbanism concept and for posting this fantastic quote from journal of the US Army War College, allowing us to get the idea:
The future of warfare lies in the streets, sewers, high-rise buildings, industrial parks, and the sprawl of houses, shacks, and shelters that form the broken cities of our world.