Feng Shui Magic

Designing with Nature to Reduce Crime

Researchers Kuo and Sullivan provide evidence that trees and grass around public housing sites can reduce some aggression and deter crime. Their study concluded that buildings with a high level of vegetation had 52% fewer total crimes, 48% fewer property crimes and 56% fewer lower violent crimes than the building with low-level vegetation.

Kuo, F. and W. Sullivan. 2001. Environment and crime in the inner city: Does vegetation reduce crime? Environment and Behavior, vol33 no. 3 (May), pp.343-67