Designing for Security:
Using Art and Design
to Improve Security

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Primary Author

James S. Russell


Deborah Bershad, Elizabeth Felicella, Meredith Kelly, and Elizabeth Kennedy


Design Trust for Public Space
Art Commission of the City of New   York

Publication Data

Date: March 2002
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 68
Binding: Saddle stitch

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In response to a request from the Art Commission of the City of New York, the Design Trust for Public Space researched issues in security and public design, and organized workshops to bring designers together with City agencies to address these concerns. This document is the result of that partnership.

The Design Trust awarded four fellowships: Elizabeth Kennedy led the Art Commission in a year-long educational process, including extensive research, participatory workshops, and interviews.

Based on Ms. Kennedy’s work, James Russell wrote the text, which is interspersed with successful security design solutions compiled by Meredith Kelly.

In conjunction with the Designing for Security project, the Design Trust also sponsored a separate photographic survey by Elizabeth Felicella, Uneasy Spaces, that documents the actual effect of security measures on public spaces throughout New York City. Ms. Felicella's images are included as a chapter of this document.

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