Anti Homeless Architecture

“Anti-homeless” hostile architecture, a thread.

Toronto. These devices (left) keep homeless people from sleeping on the grates to avoid freezing to death (right).

Los Angeles. The city calls these “arm-rests”. More homeless people die from hypothermia in Los Angeles than in New York or San Francisco.

Tokyo. This tubular bench (left) gets burning hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Short benches (right) are also common.

London anti-homeless spikes.

San Francisco anti-homeless spikes.

Seattle. Police cleared a homeless encampment from under this Highway 99 bridge, then installed unnecessary bike racks.

Florida. FSU claims these slanted benches at campus bus stops are designed to “save space.”

Boston. These anti-homeless spikes were installed under a bridge in Arlington, then removed after public protest.

Montreal. Anti-homeless benches.

This is the City literally putting up 25+ boulders to keep homeless people out of public space. This is Clinton Park in the Mission. Thousands of dollars spent on #HostileArchitecture that could be spent on housing and healthcare.

Paris. Metal poles (left) to keep homeless people from seeking shelter. People become hackers (right) out of necessity.

Russia. This bench in Volgodonsk gets folded up and locked at night.

Calgary. @isaacazuelos documented the whimsical, brightly colored anti-homeless architecture in his neighborhood with the caption: “When you’re inclusive but still hate the poor.”

The lengths to which progressive, liberal neighborhoods go to disguise their anti-homeless architecture can make your head explode with cognitive dissonance.

São Paulo, Brasil. Workers applying the finishing touches under a bridge.

Seattle. An actual homeless person (left) sleeps on the ground because the only bench is occupied by a *sculpture* of a homeless person. (right) Another Seattle sculpture called “Homeless Jesus”, which is … its own

Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Belo Horizonte, Brasil.

London #HostileArchitecture. A previously sheltered building entrance in Villiers street made uninhabitable by granite balls.

Philadephia. Space art? No, just more #HostileArchitecture

Saint-Ouen, France. Note the bars are deliberately made with uneven heights.

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Madrid. These sharp spikes of rebar make for #HostileArchitecture that resembles a medieval torture device.

Accra, Ghana. These aren’t just any rocks — they picked the most jagged they could find. Truly

Paris’s metro. Bench seating is increasingly being replaced by these yellow chairs.

A church in Zamora, Spain.

London bus stops with their tiny slanted metal benches.

London anti-homeless spikes fitted outside a popular restaurant.

Paris. Anti-homeless spikes outside an art gallery.

Boise, Idaho – sharp rocks installed under a bridge to prevent homeless people from seeking shelter from the wind and cold.

Boston/Cambridge. These aren’t “arm rests”

Boston/Dorchester. Slanted benches in the @MBTA Fields Corner station. #HostileArchitecture that is also impossible for disabled people to use.

New York/Astoria.

Los Angeles metro station. Sometimes the simplest form of #HostileArchitecture is to remove all seating entirely.

Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Jokingly referred to as “Belory Hills”. The tiny bench (left) is barely wide enough to sit on. The bus stop on the right does away with benches altogether.

The UK.

Boston. @MBTA Downtown Crossing.

Salvador, Brasil. Cacti planted under the bridges.

Mexico City, #HostileArchitecture prevents pedestrians and shoppers from sitting.

Ankara, Turkey. #HostileArchitecture in the government district. The government claims the bar is to help disabled people.

#HostileArchitecture mis polainas! 😉


Chad Loder


Updated: February 12, 2020 — 2:35 am
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