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Design Against Crime (DAC), as an approach to social innovation, emerged at University of the Arts London between 1999-2009+. The philosophy behind DAC at CSM is linked to a practice-led socially responsive design research agenda. It posits crime as a theme that can be addressed by using methodologies generated by social design (also referred to as Design for Society). This approach comprehends that because crime is not carbon neutral any design addressed also demands attention to multiple drivers including those used to measure sustainability. The Centre's focus is based on the understanding that design thinking as well as design practice should address security issues without compromising functionality and other aspects of performance, or aesthetics. In everyday language, secure design has to be user-friendly whilst abuser-unfriendly; but it doesn't have to look criminal or ugly.
DAC aims to: