Terrorism

December 2, 2011, 10am PST
Josh Stephens writes that while Al Queda seems obsessed with air travel, they have attacked transit in other countries and the U.S. system is vulnerable.
InTransition
September 15, 2011, 12pm PDT
Arguing against a regional transportation tax, the Georgia Tea Party says that we shouldn't build any more light rail because terrorists might see it as an attractive target.
Treehugger
Blog post
September 11, 2011, 7am PDT

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance– President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932

This being the decade anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks, it seems a good time to consider how our society responds to such threats, and what planners can do to maximize safety.

Todd Litman
August 19, 2011, 7am PDT
A decade after terrorist attacks looked to usher in an age of security-heavy architecture, new projects in cities are eschewing the security bunker for eyes and feet on the street.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 20, 2010, 10am PST
Reports to Congress have suggested a terrorist attack on a minor substation could knock out the whole grid. An infrastructure expert says, "That's a bunch of hooey."
Miller-McCune
May 10, 2010, 8am PDT
Slate's Fred Kaplan points out that the Times Square bomber was thwarted because of Jacob's famous "eyes on the street."
Slate
December 8, 2008, 10am PST
Buildings and public spaces were the focus of recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. This op-ed wonders how the building and design professions should respond.
Buildings
December 1, 2008, 2pm PST
As Mumbai recovers from the recent terrorist attacks, social worker Katia Savchuk reflects on how cities can be resilient to terrorism.
Where
August 11, 2008, 7am PDT
Security is a major concern during large public events like the Olympics. The Chinese government is making preparations for a safe event, but could they go too far?
Buildings Magazine
June 13, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>MI5 has requested that planners and architects keep some details of building designs top secret as part of the fight against terrorism.</p>
The Architect's Journal
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