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  1. Social Control and Design

  2. General Deterrence • The capacity of punishment to make other people conform • In other words, punish a person to “send a message”

  3. But what is the message? • “In case you forgot, here is what the rule around here is…” • “We pay attention around here…” • “Good people do this …”

  4. But catching people and punishing them is an expensive (and uncertain) way to send a message. The Best Social Control is built-in

  5. Not Just Signs... The built environment is full of social control or Social Control is built into the environment

  6. The “City of Green Benches”

  7. ...was also getting known as ...

  8. The City of Senior Citizens

  9. Nothing a little architecture couldn’t fix…

  10. Styles of Social Control Style Focus • Penal act • Compensation consequences or damage • Conciliation relationship • Therapeutic person • Reform causes • Prevention opportunity

  11. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...Ben Franklin (of fire prevention)

  12. Perey Turnstiles The leader in Turnstile design and manufacturing. Model 138 portable, secure, ticket scanning, battery powered, radio communicating in Major League Baseball Perey was founded in 1913, providing security, crowd management, admissions and access control, loss control devices all over the world. One-way three and four arm waist high turnstiles. These simple turnstiles keep people going in one direction and do not allow passage in the opposite direction.

  13. Sources • Jane Jacobs • Oscar Newman • “Broken Window Theory”

  14. Jane Jacobs • Described city life in her 1961 classic The Life and Death of Great American Cities and suggested reasons why certain areas are safe. She argued that much modern city planning and development destroyed the traditional, mixed-use communities that produce a vibrant street life and social stability. • Among other observations she suggested that a city space is safe if it is well populated, or has many "eyes". Mixed-use areas where residences are located next to twenty-four hour businesses create such spaces. • Jacobs argued that high rise public housing complexes destroyed such communities

  15. Jane Jacobs’ Three Principles • Territoriality - the ability of users of space to take control of and manage that space • Surveillance - potential offenders prefer anonymity and avoid surveillance • Crowding out crime - activity increases surveillance and reduces criminal opportunities.

  16. Oscar Newman • Architect • Reflections on Pruitt-Igoe disaster led to Defensible Space in early 1970s • DEFINITION "...a surrogate term for the range of mechanisms - real and symbolic barriers, strongly defined areas of influence, and improved opportunities for surveillance - that combine to bring an environment under the control of its residents."

  17. Broken Window Theory • James Q. Wilson & George Kelling 1982 • Physical signs of disorder prompt further crimes • Although rooted in material environment, interpretation has generally been in terms of crackdown on “gateway crimes,” minor offenses, vandalism (Giuliani-ism)

  18. The Pruitt-Igoe Lesson

  19. The Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project • St. Louis, Missouri • Completed in 1956. • A “bricks and mortar” solution to urban decay • Things went from bad to worse during 60s

  20. Architect’s Vision for the Common Areas

  21. The Reality

  22. Exterior

  23. The Solution

  24. The Pruitt-Igoe Lesson • Crime prevention "hinges on the ability to come together in joint action.” Physical environments can "discourage the natural pursuit of a collective action" • Four elements of physical design that contribute to the creation of defensible space: • "The territorial definition of space to reflect the areas of influence of inhabitants. • Position windows, etc. to allow residents to naturally survey their living environment. • Use building forms that avoid leading others to perceive the vulnerability. • Enhance safety by locating adjacent to activities that do not provide continued threat

  25. Defensible Space Summary • Design does not cause crime, but bad design can facilitate victimization (esp. of the poor) • A central characteristic of defensible space is a hierarchy of levels that goes from the apartment to the street, from private to semi-private to semi-public to public.

  26. Natural Surveillance

  27. Plan for Surveillance Sliding Door : Lots of freedom of movement, no directional control, hard to watch

  28. Plan for Surveillance Swinging Door : More directional control possible, improved surveillance

  29. Plan for Surveillance Revolving Door : Maximum control and surveillance but disabled entrance reduces this somewhat

  30. Target Hardening

  31. Target Hardening

  32. Clarify Ambiguous Spaces • “Ambiguous space” does not say clearly who it belongs to, who may use it, what it may be used for, or who is responsible for it.

  33. Express territoriality

  34. Spatial Hierarchy

  35. Spatial Hierarchy

  36. Spatial Hierarchy

  37. No Spatial Hierarchy

  38. Shared entry paths lead to problems of responsibility and territoriality

  39. Clearly Distinguished Shared and Private Paths

  40. Shared Path with Ambiguity Minimized

  41. Building Social Capital When neighbors’ paths frequently cross, they get used to seeing one another, stop for chats, etc.

  42. Building Social Capital A hierarchy of spaces allows neighbors to interact in different ways. Multiple connections make for stronger community.

  43. Building Social Capital

  44. Expressing Community Norms

  45. Expressing Community Norms

  46. Help People Stay Out of Each Other’s Way

  47. Feedback and Information • Tell me where to go....