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
project, the Design Trust also sponsored a separate photographic
survey by Elizabeth Felicella, Uneasy
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.