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should buildings be "terror-proof"?
Not so long ago the RIBA launched the student competition �Public Spaces, Safer Places� which in turn initiated a sparked debate that lead architect Piers Gough into saying �Don�t listen to them!� calling for a boycott, through the fear of adding to the media hype and paranoia thus perhaps leading to generate a series of �bunker� like structures that hinder free movement.

Is he right to say so, are we just paranoid or is terrorism a real design issue?� and if so, will it generate �bunker like structures� that perhaps could symbolize a collective paranoid state, or do we view this as a way to challenge terrorism.
Can we make buildings �terror-proof�? Will feasibility decide for us weather or not a building can be �terror-proof�? In my studies I am researching this for my dissertation and would appreciate the design community input into this subject matter, thank you.
Christopher Lee
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should buildings be
Dear Lee,
The topic sounds superficially interesting, but to me terrorism issue seen as a highly exaggerated move. Understanding today's "advertised" terrorism is really complicated. There are lots of hidden forces behind, I infer. Your study might need to identify the prime courses before coming into conclusion to embark on to a deep reseach, by observing characteristics of such incidents as in Taj Mahal Hotel - India, World Trade Center (obvious), and the on going pounding in Gaza by Israeli forces. How could you classify the later case of Israel; terrorism, war fair, ... or?. An aunthetic history of the phenomenon is equally important to understand. Anyway, as an emerging theory of design, its such a good topic for students to work on. It may demonstrate their design capability and provoke inspirations. The same applies to researchers like you. Hope my ideas are useful.
Khalfan Khalfan
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