Everything around us is made to be fixed – secured, structurally reinforced to last for centuries, and armed with safety requirements – rules and regulations define the environment around us. Metaphorically speaking, everything is padded – our surroundings are designed to the standard of the ‘safe place.’ Children’s playgrounds no longer have monkey bars, tire swings, or an asphalt ground, but are now covered in bouncy rubber and squirting water features.
We are living in a community where individuals are unaware of how safety requirements keep us safe. We expect safety, but struggle to define it. Does this ideological ambiguity make us ill-equipped to react to an emergent crisis such as an apocalypse? A natural disaster? A zombie attack? A technological meltdown?
Can architecture that is built around safety protocols re-engage risk-taking to prepare us for an improvisational response in the event of a crisis scenario?