Landscape + Planning + Urbanism
Public buildings and open space have framed and shaped civic life since ancient times. And in times of social peace, these places were sanctuaries for community and public life, and they were safe.
Today, acts of violence are carried out in peacetime and on civilians around the world, and public spaces and buildings in cities are targets. The design of these spaces cannot respond to every action with an equal and opposite reaction, lest our public buildings become fortresses and publicly accessible open spaces disappear.
How can we promote openness, access, and transparency in our public spaces and buildings while keeping the inhabitants safe? This workshop will examine how security is integrated into building and site design in two US Embassies abroad and a museum on the National Mall in Washington DC.