Title page for ETD etd-12292000-125914

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Peart, Wilbur L
Author's Email Address wlpeart@aol.com
URN etd-12292000-125914
Title A Site Planning and Design Process for Antiterrorism Practices
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Johnson, Benjamin C. Committee Chair
  • Physical Security
  • Terrorism
  • Site Design
Date of Defense 2000-05-15
Availability unrestricted
This study explores a solution to a growing problem

involving the landscapes of many prominent landmarks

in America. The probability that terrorists will target

and attack public and private sites has mandated

increased security presence. The initial response was to

surround sensitive facilities with barriers and guards.

Thus, the images of these sites intended to be publicly

open and welcoming are being transformed to seemingly

modern fortresses. To date, the solution to the problem

has focused on sophisticated engineering and electronics

to help protect vulnerable architecture. Meanwhile, the

potential contribution of the landscape architecture

profession has not been fully recognized.

This thesis develops a planning process to guide

the integration of site design and physical security.

It describes the role of the landscape architect on

design teams charged with the complex task of protecting

against terrorism. The document provides the landscape

architect with a flowchart, site images, and a step-by-step

process that leads to reconciliation of conflicting needs.

The thesis culminates with a conceptual schematic site

design that demonstrates how the site planning and design

process proposed in this thesis can be a mechanism to

achieve both secure and socially desirable landscapes.

This thesis helps resolve the current dilemma of how

to maintain an adequate degree of security while preserving

a sense of openness on a site. The paper identifies functions

specific to the landscape architecture profession that ease

and improve collaboration on secure site design. It identifies

a niche that has the potential to increase the demand for

landscape architectural services. Most importantly, the planning

and design process proposed in this document fills a void in the

existing literature by addressing the significance of landscape

architecture in antiterrorism practices.

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