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When this is over, those of us who played cops and those who played criminals will be left with a lingering feeling of surveillance

As far as solutions in architecture go, Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon is both elegant and chilling.

Designed by the British philosopher in the 18th century, it is a tower placed in the centre of a building – usually a prison. It’s a structure that works with perception as much as reality. That tower, manned by a single guard, allows the guard the potential to see into every cell, but the prisoner is unable to know when they are being monitored. They must assume they could be watched at any time, and thus watched all the time.

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