Posts Tagged ‘Fencing’

Securing perimeters: 7 links on designing for security



  1. Free download from the Design Council: Designing out crime: a designers’ guide.
  2. Ecobuild conference, Architects, planners and the post riot city, Thu 22 March, 11:15–12:15.
  3. Secured by Design 3D toolkit including dwelling boundaries, landscape planting and street lighting scenarios.
  4. Landscape Institute urban green space case study: Angell Town Estate, Brixton.
  5. An article on The Dirt about bomb-sniffing borders and thorny hedges: ‘Plants Go on High Alert’.
  6. This Big City with a US perspective on residential security: Can Gated Communities be Considered Socially Sustainable?
  7. Related External Works blog post: “Designing out crime”, street furniture and soft landscaping.

Boundaries, fencing and connected landscapes


The relationship between fences, walls and barriers in public and private landscapes, and the need to design for ‘openness’, is not necessarily shot through with compromise.

Green infrastructure and crossing boundaries

The Landscape Institute’s Green Infrastructure position statement sets out a view on planning, design and management that takes into account ‘serious environmental, social and economical challenges’, and that recommends treating natural and built environments as ‘multifunctional’ and interconnected.


“Designing out crime”, street furniture and soft landscaping


Urban designers have the tricky task of balancing security with civic life. Creative product design can help. In the right hands, innovative products make public spaces safer by weighting them against antisocial behaviour and more serious crime. And they can do so without creating bristling, draconian, fortress towns.

Security versus liberty

In the process of reconciling urban planning theory with urban planning practice, “events” have a knack of interfering – a point made in our post looking at this summer’s riots in the UK.

Similarly, Vancouver’s Director of City Planning, Brett Toderian, recently explained how the events of 9/11 led at the time to a familiar urban planning dilemma, writ large:


Creating with concrete



Landezine points to the creative use of concrete in public spaces and commercial developments.

Decorative perforated concrete screens in a town centre, by Arkitekten Bearth & Deplazes.

Designer hotel rooms in large concrete drainpipe sections, by Andreas Strauss.

ESI references: