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July 2004 Issue

Bollards and Beyond
The palette for security design goes well beyond one-note design.

By Lisa Speckhardt and Jennifer Dowdell

Bollards and Beyond
Beyer Blinder Belle and Haney Hassan, Illustration

Undeniably effective for blocking off perimeters around terrorist-endangered buildings while also allowing pedestrian access, bollards are becoming ubiquitous. But are bollards always the answer when the question is "How can we protect ourselves while maintaining accessibility?

Security design in the aftermath of 9/11 is a conglomeration, some of it good, some bad, some site specific, some glaringly out of place. After the initial panic wore off and the Jersey barriers were deemed aesthetically unacceptable, it was time to get down to brass tacks: Government buildings and landmarks that may be threatened needed solutions for maintaining cherished freedoms like public access while providing adequate protection.

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