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Defensive Architecture Creates Unlivable Cities

Defensive Architecture Creates Unlivable Cities
Defensive Architecture Creates Unlivable Cities, "Anti-homeless" spikes installed in Manchester. Image © Christopher Thomond via the Guardian
"Anti-homeless" spikes installed in Manchester. Image © Christopher Thomond via the Guardian

To many, the harsh turns the modern city has taken are not apparent. We see benches and bus stops that masquerade as shelters, but Guardian writer Alex Andreou's sudden plunge into homelessness opened his eyes to the hostile realities of these and other structures. In "Anti-Homeless spikes: 'Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city's barbed cruelty'," he sheds some light on misconceptions about homelessness and explains the unfortunate trend of designing unlivable architecture to deter those affected.

From pavement sprinklers to concrete sidewalk spikes, the modern city is littered with defensive techniques, discouraging the homeless from habitation and encouraging instead an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality to make spaces more comfortable for others. However Andreou argues that the dehumanizing effects of these harsh gestures affect everyone, acting as physical manifestations of society's intolerance and making public spaces that bit less welcoming for us all - homeless or not. Read the full article, here.

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Cite: Holly Giermann. "Defensive Architecture Creates Unlivable Cities" 20 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/601152/defensive-architecture-creates-unlivable-cities/> ISSN 0719-8884
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