Secret Weapon: How LAPD Uses Design to Improve Community Relations

By NYCxDesign

Editor’s Note: Today we’re breaking away from our usual focus on New York City to share this piece from Metropolis Magazine. To find out how architecture can help implement the philosophy of community policing, writer Vanessa Quirk interviews Leigh Christy, associate principal at Perkins+Will, the firm who has been working with the LAPD. They discuss the transformation of LA’s stations from ‘bunker-like’ to ‘transparent’, shining a light on how the architecture functions both symbolically and practically as an interface between the police and the communities they serve. Image credit: The LAPD Metropolitan Division Facility, designed by Perkins + Will. Image courtesy ©James Steinkamp Photography.

By Vanessa Quirk

VR has, for a while now, been used to enhance the client-architect relationship through walk-throughs and other demonstrations. Despite confessing to being trained in ‘analog fashion,’ Keynote speaker Hao Ko of Gensler said: ‘Maybe the days of drawing plans and sections are gone now, we don’t need 2D drawings anymore.’ [Read more]