Message - buildings as weapons of terror

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Posted by  Richard Haut on October 26, 2002 at 05:32:01:

the Russian authorities in giving details of the seige at the Moscow theatre have said that one of the threats made by the hostage takers (terrorists, freedom fighters, whatever one calls them) was to "destruct the building".

with aeroplanes, ships or railway trains comparatively small damage can totally destroy the integrity of the vessel and the means by which it remains safe. To make an aeroplane fall from the sky, to cause a ship to sink, to derail a train do not require large-scale damage.

however, for a building to be damaged in such a way as to make the building itself an instrument of destruction is not such a familiar concept.

can architects design to allow for such threats ? I doubt it, but it does re-open the question of very large numbers of people in single locations, as with high-rise buildings.

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