Design Against Crime

These are weblinks that follow up the issues raised at the lecture on Designing Against Crime held at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee for MDes/MSc students.

The Design Against Crime website was established by the original research teams at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Salford and contains research papers, project publications, links to other resources, and an archive of student design projects. The site has not been updated for over four years, but has some useful information. Some of the published papers and reports can be found here.

Since our original research, the Design Council has recently initiated further work in this field, which can be explored here.

The Design Against Crime Research Centre is based at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, and has information on projects conducted there. This is a very useful resource with details on the practice-based research underway with a number of different partners.

At the start of our project we undertook a number of detailed case studies that showcased effective design against crime practice. These were conduced in the UK, United States, Sweden and South Korea. These can be downloaded as four files – one, two, three, four.

The report we produced – Think Thief – provides more detailed commentary on the case studies and, most importantly, provides guidelines for designers on how to explore and address crime reduction in the design process.

Paul Ekblom is a leading criminologist and a champion of design against crime. His paper, Gearing Up Against Crime: a Dynamic Framework to Help Designers Keep up with the Adaptive Criminal in a Changing World provides a more theoretical and detailed discussion of the issues.

The European Designing Out Crime Association provides a useful platform for professionals working in this field.

A fairly old profile piece in The Guardian on my views on design and crime. See also recent news coverage on my views on CCTV elsewhere in this blog.

Breaking the cycle book chapter with Rachel Cooper, Andrew Wootton and Caroline Davey.


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