Thorpe, A. and Gamman, L. (2007). presented the paper Liberty Versus Safety: A Design Review. European Academy of Design (EAD 07): Dancing with Disorder: Design, Discourse, Disaster, Izmir, Turkey. Published as part of conference proceedings.
This paper argues that when designing against terrorism, it is important to fully understand both terrorist perpetrator techniques and terrorism prevention principles and to establish the myths and realities about ‘fear of terrorism’, before catalyzing new design innovations or design policy. One of two academic papers prepared for the EAD conference Dancing for Disorder (different seminar strands), this paper assesses the requirement for designers to mediate issues of user liberty versus security. We assess the troublesome design tradeoffs between accommodation of users and exclusion of terrorist misuse and abuse linked to bicycle parking, using the Conjunction of Terrorism Opportunity framework. We include the case study of the Biceberg automated bike parking system in relation to the fitness for purpose versus resistance to terrorism debate, to illustrate that design performance can be counter intuitive and thus benefit from rigorous evaluation.
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