Designing Out Crime research centre (DOC)

Sydney, Australia

The Designing Out Crime research centre (DOC) was founded by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), following a competitive tender process by the NSW Department of Attorney General & Justice (DAGJ).

DOC applies a ‘Design Thinking’ approach to find solutions to problems that have proved impossible to solve. DOC uses design research methods to explore problems and obtain an in-depth understanding of factors contributing to crime in specific problem situations. Te research is then used to widen the problem context and create new frames. Reframing a problem context allows for totally new solution scenarios to be developed. DOC tests these solutions for validity, integrating them in to the problem context. Through this process DOC creates new solutions to existent problems in the comunity. These solutions can be physical product, system or policy based.

A recent project from DOC is in St Heliers correctional centre NSW. Where prisoners are building their own cells, while others at North Coast correctional centre are taking part in an intensive learning program. Click her to watch the video.

The project on the left is the Central Station – Transport Hubs, where the light installation lightens the pathways on the station providing more security for users. On the right the image represents a ‘Movement & Sensor Shelving’ developed for the project Sensor Shelfing – Woolsworths – Retails Theft.


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