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the built environment of a stateless society

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Forgetting Gallipoli

“I had been on Gallipoli only six days short of four months and I want to say now that they were the worst four months of my whole life. I had seen many men die horribly, and had killed many myself, and lived in fear most of the time. And it is terrible to think that it was all for nothing.

…People do terrible things in wars, in the name of their country and beliefs. It is something that I find very sad and frightening.”

A.B. Facey, A Fortunate Life

ANZAC day, which commemorates the 1915 battle of Gallipoli in Turkey, has become a quasi-religious sacrament for Australians. As a recent immigrant to Australia, I have not been brought up in this particular religion, although it echoes the “military worship” that is so prevalent in the US.

If I was a religious person, I might consider the whole thing to be a form of blasphemy. People gather around a statue or secular altar such as a town hall, listen to secular sermons, and bow their heads in contemplation – while praising martyrs who died for our salvation.

And to top it all off, they take communion in the form of ANZAC biscuits and tea.

Now, the above critique is superficial at best, and I’m not quite that cynical. That’s not what this post is about.

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Kickoff: Official Launch of Anarchitecture

Could our society ever evolve to the point where the power structures of government become so needless that the best use of The Mall in Washington DC would be grazing land for cattle?

Welcome to the official launch of Anarchitecture!

Anarchitecture considers issues related to the built environment from the perspective of anarchism, a political philosophy derived from the principal that the initiation of force by individuals and governments is morally wrong and counterproductive in practice.

18 months in the making, the website and podcast feed have achieved substantial completion and are now live.

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Tim and Joe are identical twin brothers who have a combined three decades of experience delivering local and international construction projects.

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Podcast Episode Summary

Episode ana000: Breaking Ground – A brief welcome and introduction.

Foundations Series:
The obligatory anarchist manifesto, explained through the lens of the built environment. Audio essay introductions followed by overview discussions of a broad range of topics.

Episode ana001: Planning the Ruins | The Built Environment – Introduction to Anarchitecture and the built environment.

Episode ana002: The Grid | Problems with Government – Tim and Joe define the concept of the State, and illustrate how the State initiates force at each scale of the built environment.

Episode ana003: Antarchitecture | Anarchic Alternatives – Introduction to the philosophy of anarchism, and an exploration of anarchic approaches to developing the built environment.

Personal Stories:
More conversational discussions as Tim and Joe each tell a relevant story from our own lives.

Episode ana004: Tim’s Solar Scam – Tim took advantage of government subsidies to install solar panels on his roof. Is he a hypocrite?

Episode ana005: Joe’s House of Doom – Joe tells the harrowing tale of the house that tried to kill him. How do we know if buildings are safe?

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Thanks for visiting Anarchitecture – the built environment of a stateless society. We hope you enjoy the show!

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ana005: Joe’s House of Doom

Joe tells the harrowing tale of the house that tried to kill him.

How do we know if buildings are safe?

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ana004: Tim’s Solar Scam

Tim took advantage of government subsidies to install solar panels on his roof.

Is he a hypocrite?

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ana003: Antarchitecture | Anarchic Alternatives

Introduction to the philosophy of anarchism, and an exploration of anarchic approaches to developing the built environment. This is the third and final episode in the Foundations Series.

The Scales Framework rises from the ashes of #ana002 to make it’s heroic final stand against tyranny. A non-aggresive heroic final stand, of course.

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ana002: The Grid | Problems with Government

Tim and Joe define the concept of the State, and illustrate how the State initiates force at each scale of the built environment. This is the second of three episodes in the Foundations Series.

The Scales Framework returns for the tragic second act.

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ana001: Planning the Ruins | The Built Environment

Introduction to Anarchitecture and the built environment. This is the first of three episodes in the Foundations Series.

You probably don’t know what a “house” is. Now you can learn from the experts!

The Scales Framework makes a dazzling entrance.

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ana000: Breaking Ground

Introduction to the Anarchitecture Podcast – a meta-episode.

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Under Construction

Welcome to Anarchitecture.

This site is currently under construction and will achieve substantial completion soon, subject to Zoning Assessment, Development Approval, Environmental Impact Study, HAZOP, CHAZOP, Union Negotiations, Subcontractor Evaluations, Safety Audits, Environmental Audits, Quality Audits, Building Code Inspection, Fire Inspection…

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