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DOCA provides a forum to discuss issues around design and its implications for less crime and safer, healthier communities and is open to anyone who would like to contribute to the debate - from architects to designers to local authorities, police, the general public and community interest groups.
DOCA was formed back in 1999 and focused on promoting safer communities and reducing anti-social behaviour by improving the quality of life through the concept, application and practice of designing out crime and its principles; particularly Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). They are now seeking to take this further, utilising a multidisciplinary approach to make safer, healthier communities.
Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest in Design and its impact on safer communities. Their members are from all walks of life and include academics from many fields of study; home owners; landscape architects, police crime prevention practitioners; town planners; architects and designers. Membership is currently free.
DOCA is seeking to build upon the original principles of CPTED by defining their principles as:
Reducing the possibility, probability and harm from criminal and related events and enhancing the quality of life through community safety; through the processes of planning and design of the environment; on a range of scales and types of place, from individual buildings and interiors to wider landscapes, neighbourhoods and cities; to produce designs that are ‘fit for purpose’, contextually appropriate in all other respects and not ‘vulnerability led’; whilst achieving a balance between the efficiency of avoiding crime problems before construction and the adaptability of tackling them through subsequent management and maintenance.
DOCA has been getting together about twice a year at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, which is located in the refurbished Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross. London N1, a wholly appropriate location for such a gathering. Visit their website for news of their next meeting, which is always immensely interesting!
Their new website as only just been launched and they would welcome your input.
DOCA’s website: http://www.doca.org.uk/