Bulletproof Eiffel Tower Wall Proves Architecture Is The Newest Anti-Terror Weapon

Walls are trending in the post-9/11 age. The latest example: paris is erecting a $20 million glass wall around the eiffel tower

There’s been a lot of debate over a southern border wall in the USA. But walls are trending in the post-9/11 age. The latest example: Paris is erecting a $20 million glass wall around the Eiffel Tower. The magnificent iron lattice tower with the unique four-arched girder base will be hedged by a transparent, bulletproof protective perimeter. Of all structures, how could Paris’ iconic landmark get the border treatment? In a word: terrorism.

The Eiffel Tower may be the world’s most spectacular architectural marvel—which also makes it a prominent terrorism target. France is still under a heightened state of security following multiple terrorist attacks that have killed more than 300 citizens since 2014, including the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine shooting, the coordinated Paris attacks, and the Bastille Day attack in Nice. French natives are aghast at the idea of an Eiffel Tower wall, but the new reality is slowly registering. Paris will construct the “anti-ballistic” wall as another layer of security, dictated by the recent spike in terror plots. Better safe than sorry.

Architecture is a freedom of expression—a commentary on open skylines, environments, people, communities, and society itself. But how far should society go when that freedom is threatened by unnatural forces such as terrorism? The world witnessed the worst on 9/11 as 2,997 innocent victims and the World Trade Center’s “Twin Towers” perished in only a couple of hours. Today, no city is immune from security threats to its citizens, structures and populated plazas. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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