New York City MTA installed protective barriers in April, 2020.

Towards a Cultural History of Plexiglass

Plexiglass table tents and plastic dividers aim to keep us safe amidst a viral pandemic. These measures seek to maintain social and biological order. They promise epidemiological and economic resilience. Yet they are little more than security theater.

Plexiglass dividers aim to keep us safe amidst a viral pandemic. But there is no perfect seal.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is a columnist for Places. A monograph of his artwork, Signal Noise, is forthcoming from Radius Books.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of Architecture at Monash University.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of anthropology at The New School in New York City.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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