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Between hostile & defensible design

Where do you draw the line? In this episode, we look at the historic routes and international dimensions of hostile design and defensible architecture. Let us know: What would you say? What makes a measure hostile to you? Have you noticed any in your city or town?


Callous Objects by Robert Rosenberger:
Hostile Vienna:


Hailey Starolis “Hostile Architecture: The Death of Urban Spaces”
Aubrey Bader “Hostile Architecture: our Past, Present and Future?”
Newman, Oscar. Defensible Space: Crime Prevention Through Urban Design. New York: Macmillan, 1972.
Rhodes CA. Oscar Newman, “Defensible Space: Crime prevention through urban design” (book review). Soc Serv Rev. 1974;48(3):466.

Examples (newspaper articles)


Created by Constanze Frech & Sarah Kusché
With music composed by Dídac Barroso Cascales
Sound design by Dídac Barroso Cascales & Florian Frech
Editing: Constanze Frech
Quotes by Robert Rosenberger & Macarena Rau
Content & concept: Constanze Frech & Sarah Kusché
Voice quote: Dídac Barroso Cascales
Script: Constanze Frech & Sarah Kusché
Voice for intro and outro by Dídac Barroso Cascales
Special thanks to Florian Frech for providing his studio and expertise for intro & outro!

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