Design & Crime

Published:  December 10, 2012
Design & Crime

The Designing Out Crime Research Centre (DOC) was first established at UTS in 2007, and has announced its first annual conference – Designing Out Crime.

The conference will focus on a few key themes as directed by DOC, which was originally set up with the ambition to apply a ‘Design Thinking’ approach to find solutions to problems that have proved impossible to solve. In this vein, the conference aims to address how designers can be engaged in developing approaches to design for crime prevention, bringing together the fields of criminology and design.

Professor Douglas Tomkin of DOC explains the importance of the two fields merging: “Developing design solutions to complex crime problems requires a collaborative process that is flexible and dynamic, and which is focused on the desired outcomes rather than problems that spoil the environment. This approach permits the emergence of a range of possible solutions that are unlikely to come to light with a problem-focused approach.”

The two-day conference will include a series of workshops will introduce real crime problems faced in the neighbouring communities, as well as a collection of themed-talks and discussions around the five streams of RetailUrban LivingLate Night EconomyTransport and Counter-terrorism.

The conference is being held at UTS from 12-13 December. You can register here.

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