2As a law student, I am fascinated by drones’ exis-tence in a post-legal world. Architecture can adapt, andthis project clearly aims to show just those adaptations,but American jurisprudence is simply not capable of making clear, comforting, adjudications on drones and thesorts of crimes they have been created to deter. Architec-ture as a discipline has a long history of being capable of developing within the cracks left by law (as false chim-neys, bricked-up window frames and trulli show). Whensovereign governments do not exclude drones, themachines are privileged with an anarchy in which to roam.Laws cannot govern anarchy, but architecture can.It is my goal in this project to conceive of ways to use archi-tecture to accomplish the goals that governance cannot.This is both an admission of defeat and a debriefing toexplore what future alternatives exist.drones. As the machines become more mundane, architects’interactions with them become less politicized. I do notwrite this as a call to arms for architects to roll up theirsleeves and create anti-drone colonies. I instead hope todemonstrate how architects, lawyers, and countless otherprofessions and labors can interact with drones instead of simply being subject to them and their masters.
Learning ObjectivesProfessional Objectives
One would imagine that in a free market world, therewould be booming demand for drone-proof structures.There is certainly desire for defense from these anony-mous interlopers, but what could politely be termed “ineffi-ciencies in the market” have prevented such demandsfrom being met by the worldwide architectural community.Drones are a way to use the city. Architects willhave to interact with them and create built environmentsthat will either promote or inhibit their use. At this stage,political questions that define who we are as a society andwho we include in a society are part-and-parcel of talk on
What is Shura City?
The name “Shura City” comes from the title of an April 5, 2012 piece in Foreign Policy by Farah Jan. Janstudies Quetta, Pakistan – now a home to the “QuettaShura” and all of their pursuers – through the individualswho live and work in the city. Hearing the name at first, Iknew it simply fit for this project. A “shura” is a consulta-tive group of elders and respected individuals who takeresponsibility for the decision-making for a community.The name “Shura City” for me implies a social contract tosolve problems through the dispersal of responsibility.This particular Shura City (translated into Shahral-Shura) also is a direct reference to John Winthrop’s“City Upon a Hill” speech while in transit to the NewWorld. This particular Shura City will also be watched bythe world, although for different reasons. I make no claimsto creating a Utopia for the people pursued by drones nowand in the future, obviously enough. This project is merelyintended as a setting-off point for discussions on properdefense and on what “proper defense” might mean.