Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Safer Communities Journal special issue on crime and urban design

Among the journals published by Emerald Group Publishing, an academic publisher based in the UK, is Safer Communities, which focuses on all aspects of "community safety."

The current issue “Designing out Crime - Voices from the Fields” touches on the issues that I raised in the recent blog entry, "Crime prevention through environmental design and repeated burglaries at the Naylor Gardens apartment complex," about frequent burglaries of first floor apartments at Naylor Gardens Apartments in Southeast DC and how there should be a focused CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) approach there.

From their press release:
Guest edited by Leanne Monchuk, from the University of Huddersfield’s Applied Criminology Centre (ACC), and Garner Clancey, Deputy Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, the issue features five articles ranging over many aspects of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) from England, Australia and New Zealand. All of the authors are people working in the field, using techniques, such as CPTED, which try to ensure that new buildings and developments are designed in ways that minimize the likelihood and possibility of crime.

Contributors to the issue include Nick Goldby, Senior Security Consultant for construction giant Arup, and Ian Heward, Crime Prevention Design Advisor for the Metropolitan Police, who describe how designing out crime was part of the process for the development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Other contributors include Sue Ramsey, Crime Prevention Team Leader for Christchurch City Council in New Zealand, who writes about the extensive use of CPTED in the post-earthquake rebuilding of the city, and Jonathan Knapp, Director of SJB Urban, who provides context to the challenges of integrating CPTED into design and architectural practice.
Emerald Publishing is providing free public access to the journal issue until December 7th. Use the following details to log in:

username: safercommunities
password: emerald2013

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