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How Hostile Architecture Targets the Homeless

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Homeless

Design of public spaces is usually meant to benefit everyone, but what about the homeless population?

Take a walk around New York City’s subway system and you may see curious looking benches. They don’t have seats, and instead of letting you rest and sit down, you’re meant to lean your body up against the tilted wooden blocks set at back level. It’s a strange design and on the surface, it may not seem apparent that there’s any reason for these to exist other than affordability and a gimmicky design. The reality is that public features such as this are intended to keep the homeless out of certain spaces—it’s all part of a concept called hostile architecture.

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