Ten years after September 11, jersey barriers, bollards, planters, and other security features are still scattered throughout Washington’s important public spaces. Despite the investments directed towards security, we continue to grapple with the proper balance between securing our facilities and maintaining openness and access in our city. How can the federal government, tasked with protecting federal facilities, memorials and museums, thousands of employees, and millions of annual visitors, provide innovative and inviting urban design solutions that meet perimeter security requirements?
As the federal government’s planning agency for the National Capital Region, NCPC encourages designs that demonstrate how security and good urban design are compatible in ways that enhance the iconic setting of Washington, DC. A decade after 9/11 is a good time to assess the impacts of perimeter security policies and tools and how they’ve impacted their environments.
The National Capital Planning Commission will host a panel of experts to examine the current state of security and effective ways to balance security with good design. Representing the security, architecture, and landscape architecture professions, the panelists will discuss the evolution and state of the threat environment today; work underway to provide facilities and public spaces with the next generation of security; and discuss the trends for our security needs in the future.
Tell NCPC what you think works (or doesn't work) when it comes to security around buildings and public spaces. Send us your comments and photos at www.ncpc.gov/redefiningsecurity (and see what others have said).