RESILIENT ARCHITECTURE AND PERCEPTIONS OF THREAT
IS DEFENSIBLE ARCHITECTURE A SHOW OF RESILIENCE AGAINST THREATS TO PEOPLE AND PLACE, OR A CONSEQUENCE OF EXPERIENCE AND PERCEPTION OF THREAT?
In the last twenty years buildings and their context have been increasingly fortified, monitored, guarded, restricted, exposed and re-enforced in the name of safety and security. The purpose of the dissertation is to reflect on why this trend has resurfaced and how it affects the way people perceive threat within their environment. This ultimately affects the way that people design defensible architecture to be resilient to threat. Distinguishing the difference between safety and security enables questions to be asked of the true objectives of defensible architecture. By studying three separate case studies focussed on protection from a specific form of threat, the dissertation will gain an understanding into defensive strategies put in place to be resilient to threat as well as the reasons for people’s perceptions of threat and how architecture influences these perceptions. By cross-examining the case studies, the benefits and detriments of retrofitting, adapting, and integrating resilient design solutions will be analysed. The dissertation will conclude by evaluating resilient design based on a reaction to an experience, and considerate design that pro-actively anticipates future threat. The evaluation will provide a foundation for a design criterion to produce architecture that feels both safe and secure, whilst remaining resilient to threat, and adaptable to future change.
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