Following terrorist attacks in recent years, cities have started deploying a higher number of patrolling officers, bollards protecting pedestrian walkways, more choke points at which people are scrutinized and video camera technology to detect danger.
“The public square, civic infrastructure, are the front lines against this kind of attack,” Thomas Vonier, president of the American Institute of Architects, said. “We need to rethink places where large numbers of people congregate.”
Recently, the European Commission has released a new action plan that makes it possible for cities to share smart solutions for the problem and fund them. Robotic barriers and bullet-proof glass walls are only two examples of how to protect the people, but not make public space feel uncomfortable.CityLAB
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