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ARCH 2614/5614 Lecture notes

Jonathan Ochshorn

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Building security systems


9/11 as trigger for renewed interest in building security

video link
WTC floor plans with egress stairs
Typical upper-level floor plan, World Trade Center tower

Potential conflict between freedom and security?

Balancing security and openness in public buildings.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1999): "Architecture is inescapably a political art, and it reports faithfully for ages what the political values of a particular age were. Surely ours must be openness and fearlessness in the face of those who hide in the darkness. Precaution, yes. Sequester, no. There is a risk to such a conversation. Call for more openness, and the next day there may be a new atrocity. But more is at stake than personal reputation. The reputation of democratic government is at stake."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan  Benjamin Franklin

not Benjamin Franklin on democracy (misattributed): "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch."
wolves and lamb  Benjamin Franklin on $100 bill
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Benjamin Franklin, circa 1775: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Building security

Identify threats and weaknesses (vulnerabilities)