Where is the Threshold?

“London murders are the symptom of a knife crime ‘epidemic’ that shows no sign of ending” (www.independent.co.uk)

Considering the recent increase in reported knife crime within the capital and across the country, how can architecture contribute to designing safer built environments that reduce the risk of attack?

“If there’s no local youth club providing a safe place to meet, where do they go? They’re on the street corners, they’re in the takeaways, they’re congregating and that’s where you get trouble”.
Junior Smart, of youth charity the St Giles Trust (www.independent.co.uk)

What are the various spatial boundaries that can facilitate safe and secure shelters from external or internal dangers? To what extent can architecture and urban design make a difference?

Through a panel discussion, chaired by MEB Design Director Charles Darby, MEB Design and some of its collaborators will explore the use of security and safeguarding principles from a design perspective within their Education, Worship and Healthcare communities. Each panellist will have 10 minutes to present their approach within the sector showcasing case study examples. This will be followed by a panel discussion before opening out to a Q&A with the audience.

In our London Studio we will also have a photographic exhibition on the theme of ‘Architectural Boundaries’ showcasing the work of MEB Design through the photography of Des Hill.

Drinks and light refreshments will be available before and after the panel talk to network and continue discussions further.



Charles Darby MA(Cantab) DipArch DipDevPrac RIBA (chair)
Director, MEB Design Ltd

John Marsh DipArch RIBA
Consultant Architect, MEB Design Ltd

Mark Johnson CMLI BA Hons BLA
Founding Director, UBU Design Ltd

Sadiqa Jabbar BA(Hons) DipArch MSc RIBA
Architect / Urban Designer, MEB Design Ltd

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07 June 2019

17:00 -19:30

Admission: FREE

More Info: mebdesign.co.uk/news/where-is-the-threshold/

Tickets/Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lfa-2019-boundaries-where-is-the-threshold-tickets-60921120712

Organiser Info


MEB Design Ltd (London)

30 St John's Lane London EC1M 4NB


Buzzer entry to 'MEB Design Ltd' first floor office (first door to the right)