You would probably think these bench designs were purposely set up like a puzzle and were made deliberately playful. Truth and behold, these designs were created to ward-off society’s homeless people.
Some urban cities have developed creative zones for playful social interaction within its shared spaces. However cities with high rate of homelessness added self-delimiting and counter-intuitive designs to ward off people from lingering in the shared zones and preventing the area to be converted into potential sleeping lounges.
Redlining in public design elements like in parks are considered by some people as institutionalized racism, but some practical groups think it’s clever.
According to Jonas Barre of Yale who worked at BIG, Mass Studies and TA for Alex Garvin said:
This is more urban design than urban planning – still interesting though.The physical alteration of spaces to make “undesirable” elements of society feel unwelcome or be unable to make use of the space they otherwise would (e.g., laying down for homeless people).
What do you think about these urban designs? Clever or hostile, or just practically uncomfortable?