Continuing with Mike
This isn’t helped by a new trend of allowing increased involvement of Police and security consultants in town and architectural planning.
The question one could ask then is whose hands are these kinds of security choices better left to, the designer, the government or the hands of the people themselves?
Lastly, I wanted to call attention to a practice coined “Social Control Districts” as illustrated by
In the end I think this points at two main things. First, that we are treating the problems and not their causes (yes I know, a common refrain) and that architecture of fear only perpetuates more architecture of fear. Secondly, that as architects, much of our power to shape a new alternative to the architecture of fear has been taken out of our hands by “specialists” whose primary concern is far from an overall well designed solution. Perhaps in order to do something different and take back some power of control, architecture as profession needs to be taught some new tricks.