07-20-21 | News

ASLA Makes Statement About Removing the Capitol Fencing

U.S. Capitol Police Board Moves to Remove Fencing
by Staff

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has advocated for the removal of the fencing around the Capitol after the January 6 attack and recently released a statement commending the decision by the U.S. Capitol Police Board removing the fencing.

Landscape Architects have held an important role in maintaining security through the natural beauty that is found across government buildings including government buildings, post offices, parks and so many more places.

District of Columbia Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton's Roundtable on June 1, Faye Harwell, FASLA, described such solutions to include: "strategic changes in terrain, use of plantings to conceal barriers, and electronic technology." According to Harwell, "Throughout history, rioters frequently view fencing as a challenge to overcome."

The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee is continuing their investigation of the events of January 6 including examining the security advantages that utilizing landscape architects brings.


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