Join our debate on security

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, RIBA think-tank Building Futures and Homes & Property are hosting a debate on security in our cities on 25 June
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Terrorist attacks on buildings and cities are a real threat, so the subject for this evening is how we should respond. What role can architects play to ensure that we do not end up with barricaded streets and gated communities?

London is already awash with unsightly security bollards, cameras and new checkpoints. If terrorist threats are going to be long-term, shouldn’t we think about better ways to design and protect our cities? Or is high-level security at odds with the notion of public space?

Chaired by RIBA president Sunand Prasad, contributors include designer and lecturer Lorraine Gammon of Central St Martins, a representative from the national counter-terrorism unit and architect Piers Gough.

How to book:
The free event on 25 June runs from 7pm to 8.30pm at Building Design Practice (BDP), 16 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, EC1. To book, contact, or for more information, visit

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