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“Homeless, You’re Not Welcome” Benches – Clever, Hostile or Uncomfortably Practical?

Buzz Hourly – by Cherrey

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).

Anti-Homeless Benches

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Curved and grilled

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Flimsy rod bench made comfortable for Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and J.Lo

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Naturally cushioned butts won’t slide off on these.

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Divided we sit, united we wait.

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‘Disfiguring’ out how to sleep on these.

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You have to go Quasimodo on this.

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Half a bench

Just because... Genius.

Just because… Genius.

Anti-Homeless Spikes

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Now you see it, now you don’t. Pay and sit. Pay first and the spikes go away.

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Concrete spikes under a road bridge in Guangzhou city, Guangdong, China

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softer spikes Outside Selfridges store in London

What do you think about these urban designs? Clever or hostile, or just practically uncomfortable?

https://buzzhourly.com/2016/11/23/anti-homeless-urban-designs-bench-spikes/

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4 Responses to “Homeless, You’re Not Welcome” Benches – Clever, Hostile or Uncomfortably Practical?

  1. Martist says:

    If anything at all, they are certainly fit for amerikans.

    The wetbacks and other third-worlders will fill the warm spots in what used to be their beds.

    I’ll have none of it. They can sleep in the cold, bloody wet spot that was mine after I’ve done my G’damndest to shore up the numbers to confirm… I…still…won.

  2. Cynicles says:

    So much focus on putting people out of work and hurting “the people”.

    So much focus on bringing in the dregs of other nations and assisting them in many ways.

    Not a tough conclusion to draw with the continuing destruction of the US.
    The tenets of communism have been used well in the US to take control over a willing base created of mindless and uneducated people, not exclusively liberals.

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    You wouldn’t think for a minute that the government here was supposed to be working for the people.

    But if course, it’s not “the people” anymore.. it’s only the wealthy (or working) people that matter.

  4. toejam says:

    Feed the homeless to the hungry and “Anti-Homeless benches” won’t be necessary!

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