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In defense of space

Hillier, B; (1973) In defense of space. RIBA Journal (Royal Institute of British Architects Journal) pp. 539-544. Green open access

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The reception given to Oscar Newman's book 'Defensible Space' when it appeared in America last year was the warmest for many years in architectural publishing. In Britain- where it was published by the Architectural Press (£4.95) earlier this year- reviews have been no less enthusiastic. 'Defensible Space' uses statistical research and 'territorial' theories of behaviour to suggest that architects can provide building layouts which prevent vandalism, assault, and rape and so help the enforcement of 'law and order' in cities. Here, Bill Hillier (RIBA Intelligence Unit) argues that 'territoriality' is an ignorant view of human behaviour which has been largely discredited by anthropological research and that Newman's book is symptomatic of modern architecture's rejection of history in favour of glib second hand theories.

Type: Article
Title: In defense of space
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 16th Sep 2005
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1030
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