Resilient design for community safety and terror-resistant cities

Resilience against an array of traditional andunconventional terrorist threats is increasinglyimportant to the way towns and cities are designed andmanaged and how built environment professionalsattempt to enhance levels of community safety. This isparticularly the case with regard to crowded publicplaces and transport systems such as light rail or trams,which are seen as particularly vulnerable to terroristattack. This paper argues that contemporary terroristthreats and tactics mean that counter-terrorism inurban areas should increasingly seek to hybridise hard and soft engineering solutions in order to design andmanage the built environment in ways that can reduce theoccurrence or impact of a terrorist attack. In particular, itis argued that for counter-terrorism to be successful,inter-professional solutions are required for a wide rangeof public, private and community stakeholders that are(or should be) involved with the planning, design, construction, operation and management of public places. Read more