Architecture, College of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-29-2019

Document Type



(CMS Bibliography)

Lane, Mallory R. "Dimensions of Surveillance, Prisoners of the Planetary Panopticon." 2019. M.Arch. thesis, University of Nebraska.


A Design Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulf illment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor: Jeffrey Day. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2019

Copyright 2019 Mallory Lane


This project explores the Prisoners of the Planetary Panopticon. Surveillance no longer exists solely within an architectural scale, but has expanded to the urban, territorial, and planetary scale.

At the beginning of this thesis I began researching the contemporary issues of prisons and found that issues now extend far beyond the walls of the grounds. When comparing the architecture of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon to today's society, what separates our exposed, surveilled bodies from those within the Panopticon Prison of the 1800's? This subject is relevant at a time when surveillance has taken over the city and created another spatial world containing something beautiful and also something sinister and perverse.

Supervisor: Prof. Jeffrey Day