For school designers and architects, the current debate about how to make schools safer focuses too much on add-on measures. Metal detectors? More resource officers? Armed teachers? Bulletproof backpacks?
These security steps, whether effective or not, don’t address the fundamental way that a school works or how people move through it. They also must be balanced with the need to create an environment where kids feel inspired and energized to learn.
CNN spoke to designers, architects, and security experts to answer a sobering question: How do you design a school in the age of the mass shooting? Their answers, which follow a theory known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, illuminate the delicate balance between security and education. Read more here.