Architectures of risk and resiliency: “Embedded security” in the redesign of sandy hook elementary school

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Abstract

The redesign of Sandy Hook delivers the latest in high-security without the bunker aesthetics by nesting risk design within resilient design. Risk design anticipates more gun violence in the near future and, consequently, endeavors to “harden” schools, re-conceptualized as “targets.” Resilient design draws on romantic tropes of childhood to make the space feel welcoming and contemplative after gun violence has already occurred. Rather than stake a position on the side of either (1) retreating behind defensive architectures or (2) remaining naively open to the wider world, “embedded security” purportedly makes it possible to move between contradictory worldviews as circumstances dictate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages36-45
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317422662
ISBN (Print)9781138917569
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Hall, R. (2019). Architectures of risk and resiliency: “Embedded security” in the redesign of sandy hook elementary school. In The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (pp. 36-45). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315688947-4