Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Peart, Wilbur L Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-12292000-125914 Title A Site Planning and Design Process for Antiterrorism Practices Degree Master of Architecture Department Landscape Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Johnson, Benjamin C. Committee Chair Keywords
- Physical Security
- Site Design
Date of Defense 2000-05-15 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis study explores a solution to a growing problem
involving the landscapes of many prominent landmarks
in America. The probability that terrorists will target
and attack public and private sites has mandated
increased security presence. The initial response was to
surround sensitive facilities with barriers and guards.
Thus, the images of these sites intended to be publicly
open and welcoming are being transformed to seemingly
modern fortresses. To date, the solution to the problem
has focused on sophisticated engineering and electronics
to help protect vulnerable architecture. Meanwhile, the
potential contribution of the landscape architecture
profession has not been fully recognized.
This thesis develops a planning process to guide
the integration of site design and physical security.
It describes the role of the landscape architect on
design teams charged with the complex task of protecting
against terrorism. The document provides the landscape
architect with a flowchart, site images, and a step-by-step
process that leads to reconciliation of conflicting needs.
The thesis culminates with a conceptual schematic site
design that demonstrates how the site planning and design
process proposed in this thesis can be a mechanism to
achieve both secure and socially desirable landscapes.
This thesis helps resolve the current dilemma of how
to maintain an adequate degree of security while preserving
a sense of openness on a site. The paper identifies functions
specific to the landscape architecture profession that ease
and improve collaboration on secure site design. It identifies
a niche that has the potential to increase the demand for
landscape architectural services. Most importantly, the planning
and design process proposed in this document fills a void in the
existing literature by addressing the significance of landscape
architecture in antiterrorism practices.
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