Monday, 21 April 2008

The Latest in American Urban Design: Drive-By-Proof

I came across this today and thought it was interesting in a sad sort of way. (I think you can access the article without registration / subscription):

Bulletproof public design in L.A.. A growing movement in crime-ridden parts of L.A. incorporates safety into parks and residential architecture.
Los Angeles Times March 26, 2008

"Seniors in Steel Plaza’s retirement complex in Pico-Union sometimes like to take their morning walks in the building’s courtyard, protected by a black wrought-iron fence and perched 30 feet above the intersection of West 3rd Street and South Union Avenue.

“We’re quite safe here,” said Victor Gamad, 73, who has lived in the building since it opened a decade ago. “We never get frightened, except for when someone sets the fire alarm off.”

Steel Plaza, which opened in 1998, was designed to be “drive-by proof.”

It is one of the early examples of what has become a growing movement in urban sections of Los Angeles to blend public safety with architecture — with some surprising results."

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