Defensive Design

Design for Security and Mitigating Potential Terrorist Attacks

Authored by: Eve Hinman

The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023154
eBook ISBN: 9781315775869
Adobe ISBN: 9781317688754


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Security concerns need to be integrated in much the same way as any other design constraint imposed on the project. Ultimately the goal is for the physical security features to maintain an inviting environment and minimize inconvenience to the building users. One of the benefits of aiming for an unobtrusive design is that the building will not attract undue attention of potential attackers. To be successful, the security design needs to be part of an overall multi-hazard approach to the design, so that it does not degrade performance in the event of a fire or natural hazard that is likely to be more prevalent than terrorist attack.

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