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Security and Site Design: A Landscape Architectural Approach to Analysis, Assessment and Design Implementation [Hardcover]

Leonard J. Hopper , Martha J. Droge

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March 11 2005 047165583X 978-0471655831 1
Written for the design professional, this book offers basic concepts for site security design and risk/threat assessment, and their relationship and integration into the overall design/streetscape projects.
* This book is the only reference to offer coverage of security design for the site, rather than for the building
* It provides landscape architects and other design professionals with the fundamental knowledge they need in order to work with clients and security consultants
* It includes guidelines for conducting security/risk assessments as well as case studies that offer a variety of site designs that successfully integrate security

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A handy source of the latest information on the assessment and design of site security

Security and Site Design offers state-of-the-art advice for integrating site and building security elements and associated technologies into a design that makes high-quality and enjoyable spaces, especially in the public realm. It guides readers on how to complement a building's purpose and operation with protective measures through design, technology, operational activities, and procedures.

This helpful guide is specifically written for design professionals who want reliable site and security design information quickly, without having to wade through material on the building structure. A practical book to use every day, Security and Site Design relates covered topics to real-world practice with illustrative case studies on such built environments as:

  • Southwest Federal Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, and City Hall Park in New York City
  • State House in Sacramento, California
  • Ronald Reagan/International Trade Center Building in Washington, D.C.
  • The Hanley Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Syracuse, New York

Written by an expert author team led by past ASLA president Leonard Hopper, Security and Site Design is a complete resource of basic concepts of site security design and risk/threat assessment that helps landscape architects and other design professionals practice in top form and develop successful careers.

About the Author

LEONARD J. HOPPER, FASLA, is Chief Landscape Architect and Head of the New York City Housing Authority's Landscape Architecture division, and a faculty member at the City College School of Architecture and Environmental Studies, where he's taught the technology sequence courses in the urban landscape architecture program for more than a decade.

MARTHA J. DROGE, ASSOCIATE MEMBER, ASLA, is a landscape designer and urban planner with Ayers/Saint/Gross in Baltimore, Maryland. She served for more than seven years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. In that position, she conducted criminal investigations and implemented physical security, personal security, and counterterrorism programs domestically and at U.S. embassies abroad.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for practitioners Dec 11 2005
By lako05 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Today's discussions of the public realm seem dominated by the idea of threat - whether natural or man-made. As designers we have an obligation to respond both to public concerns and to our professional charge of creating dynamic and vital spaces. But how do we create these spaces, and integrate security measures so they're not rendered as arrays of bollards, streetlamps, and planters?

I was pleased to find Security and Site Design to help guide my questions on this issue. Where we as a culture quickly become absorbed in escalating levels of fear, the authors, Hopper and Droge, outline a basic plan for integrating our concerns into our designs. Of particular note is their emphasis that not all potential threats can be nullified through design. In fact, our public places would no longer be the civic spaces they were meant to be if we were to cater solely to our worst fears. I found in their writing a delicate balance between designing to a reasonable threat level and maintaining our professional charge of creating "a sense of place".

The book outlines through examples and numerous case studies the basic physical areas where one can have the greatest influence in terms of security: street, parking lane, sidewalk, building yard, building perimeter, and building interior. Although I was admittedly dismayed to find out at what distance my body would completely disintegrate if standing near a truck bomb, I appreciated the fact that frank discussions about threats and their relative likelihood were contextualized in the practical issues of design decisions that have to be made.

Hopper and Droge do not purport to have all the answers, pointing out that the field of security design is still in its infancy and holds the potential for many technical and programmatic innovations to be made. For better or worse, it looks like we'll be exploring the topic for a long time to come.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great resource for 'site-security' design Aug. 11 2005
By dobj90 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A very good basic resource for understanding what 'physical security' is about and how it can be combined with landscape design to look good and include public amenities. The best section is the collection of case studies of how it has been done well already, such as at official public buildings and public streetscapes. There's a good synopsis of the book on the NJ landscape architecture assoc. (...)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as comprehensive as implied June 13 2006
By D. Cothren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Frankly I was disappointed in this book. Its emphasis on landscape only doesn't mean that all the same information isn't already to be found in other sources on building security. Although the authors relish the information on the power of differing explosions, there's not a lot of technical information on actually countering them. Vehicle delivered bomb blasts are pretty much it for the threats considered. And the suggested responses are predictable ones already seen around government buildings. This book might be useful if you have never considered the subject at all; otherwise it's not.

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