Design Out Crime: Creating Safe and Sustainable Communities

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Architectural Press, 2004 - Architecture - 325 pages
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Here is a book about the practical design of communities and housing in which people can enjoy a good quality of life, free from crime and fear of crime.

Recognising that crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour are issues of high public concern, and that the driving forces behind crime are numerous, this book argues that good design can help tackle many of these issues. It shows how, through integrating simple crime prevention principles in the design process, it is possible, almost without notice, to make residential environments much safer.

Written from the perspective of an architect and town planner, this book offers practical design guidelines through a set of accessible case studies drawn from the UK, USA, The Netherlands and Scandinavia. Each example illustrates how success comes when design solutions reflect local characteristics and where communities are truly sustainable; where residents feel they belong, and where crime is dealt with as part of the bigger picture of urban design.

* A practical guide to the creation of secure spaces through design
* Accessible narrative shows examples of best practice internationally
* 100 plans and drawings describe how to create a safer built environment through architecture and urban design

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About the author (2004)

His career has spanned both practice and university teaching, mainly in the areas of housing design and urban regeneration. He has held the posts of Principal Housing Architect with the City of Sheffield, Hull City Architect, Professor of Architecture at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside (now Lincoln), and Visiting Professor at Queen's University, Belfast and Chiba University, Japan. He is currently engaged in community planning where he is putting into practice some of the theories included in this book. He is the author of 4 previous books on housing design and urban regeneration.

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