Caimin Shen

Corner Revolution

Beyond “Skynet”, Brightening Grey space and Building Security

The existence of surveillance areas restricts many bad behaviors, but why do I still feel vague anxiety and uneasiness when walking through street corners and promenades in a city protected by a network of cameras? "Corner Revolution" explores the transformative power of architectural design to enhance urban safety and tranquility. This article focuses on gray spaces – corners, alleys, cul-de-sacs, etc. – aiming to transcend the limitations of China’s Skynet surveillance system through innovative spatial interventions to alleviate urban anxieties and deter bad behavior. Using virtual reality (VR) technology, users are immersed in a 1:1 virtual environment, experiencing the profound impact of thoughtful design elements such as layout, lighting, materials and landscaping, and assessing the feasibility of different design interventions. This immersive approach bridges the gap between theoretical concepts and real-world applications, providing new guidelines for creating tranquil and safe urban spaces.


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