Designing for Security:
Design Guidelines for the Art Commission of New York City

More Projects >>


Meredith Kelly, researcher
Elizabeth Kennedy, landscape architect
James S. Russell, writer and editor

Related Publication

Designing for Security

The Design Trust partnered with the Art Commission of the City of New York — an aesthetic board appointed by the Mayor to review the design of art, landscape, and architecture on City-owned land — to carry out an in-depth examination of security and public space design.

Over the last decade, the Art Commission has witnessed a general hardening of the public realm (most egregiously, through the proliferation of prison-like design "add-ons") which compromises the aesthetic quality of our public spaces and contributes to an atmosphere of uneasiness. Using its position as public advocate for quality design and its City-wide scope, the Art Commission has a unique ability to respond to the negative impact that the ever-expanding security measures have on the quality of New York City's public spaces.

Design Trust fellow Elizabeth Kennedy led the Commission in a year-long educational process, including extensive research, participatory workshops, and interviews that resulted in the publication of an illustrated set of design guidelines, Designing for Security, in Summer 2002. Written by James Russell, these guidelines will help the Art Commission advocate for change in the way security concerns are addressed in the design of public architecture.

© 2012 Design Trust for Public Space, 40 Worth Street, Suite 603, New York NY 10013  212.695.2432