Access to safe places to live, work and play is pretty much a universal value. Yet our physical environments are full of complex layers of unpredictability and uncertainty—it can be unsettling to suddenly feel vulnerable or displaced in what should otherwise be our sanctuary. From quiet rural regions to bustling city centres, at the heart of community safety is the quality of connection to one another and to the places in which we live.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a decades-old methodology based on academic and practical field work concerning peoples’ capacity to connect with the built, social, cultural and economic capacities of their communities. CPTED is not about physical security or target hardening —it is about reducing fear of crime and improving quality of life by co-creating safe and compelling environments that people love, respect and nurture.
What we call Full Spectrum CPTED builds on traditional and Second Generation CPTED methodologies while seeking to transform how conventional urban development processes incorporate communities into the development conversation. We introduce innovative participatory techniques designed to increase the capacity of communities to manage community safety, embrace culture and support social connection. Our interdisciplinary approach to practice includes: Placemaking, Restorative Practice, Compassionate Inquiry, Arts for Social Change, Community Peacebuilding and Storytelling.