A New Kind of Scrutiny
Security control in landscape architecture means much more than
barriers and bollards.
By James L. Sipes, ASLA
Before last September, when landscape architects talked about security issues, we were primarily talking about reducing vandalism, creating defensible spaces, and trying to figure out what to do with vagrants. Security for outdoor spaces focused on monitoring the movements and activities of people and influencing how people use a space.
We still use specific materials to minimize vandalism, use barriers
and walkways to influence where people walk, install security cameras
to monitor behavior, and locate benches to encourage people watching
and interaction. But after the tragic events of September 11, security
has an entirely different meaning. We have entered a new age where
there is a heightened sense of security, and far-reaching changes
are being introduced in an effort to strengthen security and increase
safety. Among these changes is an increase in access control for
public spaces, and landscape architects will be playing an important
role in increasing security for these areas.
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