Using Architecture To Prevent Crime
Students from the Department of Architecture and Design at Aalborg University are experimenting with structures to make a park safer.
Students from the Department of Architecture and Design at Aalborg University have created an interesting pavilion designed to solve the repeated occurrence of crime at a park in Denmark. A multi-disciplinary group came together for the project in a workshop called ‘Social Technologies’.
The pavillion structure shapes an environment where visitors can feel safe as three monitors project artistic lighting on the pavilions’ scales. The group explains this unusual project:
The workshop explores the basic exercise in the development of dynamic architectural concepts and computer-generated geometry. The vision was to challenge the complex programs of the urban field and to explore the inherent potentials of new digital tools. Working with two main focus areas, the workshop simultaneously aimed at developing advanced spatial systems for organizing and articulating new social complexities, and at utilizing and adapting different advanced digital design methods for exploring various principles of form generation and advanced production.
In collaboration with architects, CNC-manufacturing companies, media artists, sociologist and the Danish National Crime preventing council – the students participating in the workshop sought to explore the ways in which advanced digital design methods can generate new alternatives for the existing anti-crime initiatives, where technology is often being used to identify guilty persons. The workshop encourages research in the crossing between performative formations and interactive light systems, thus enabling discussions on local culture production and social potentials in form.
Although we’re not entirely sure how this building can prevent crime, it does at least offer a beautiful safe haven for park guests.