Here > Download Weizman_lethal theory < is a riveting short essay by Eyal Weizman, found via BLDGBLOG. It describes how the act of war is being redesigned to adjust to its new paradigms of urban conflict against disparate foes and by default becoming a new strand of urban theory. Weizman describes a case study on the Israeli Defence Forces action on the city of Nablus in 2002. Putting aside the obvious political debate, the theory itself is terrifying but fascinating and well worth a look. He has lectured widely on the subject, but unfortunately the one in London at the LSE never quite made it onto their podcast page. By way of consolation, why not try this lecture which followed it by urbanist Kees Christianse.
A connected strain of thought which i might have to brush up on is the thinking of Deleuze and Guatarri , by which time I shall probably need cheering up, so here are some holes in the walls and ceilings with a less sinister motive.