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Architecture and Homelessness: What Approaches Have We Seen?

09:30 - 15 August, 2018
Architecture and Homelessness: What Approaches Have We Seen?, Image Courtesy of Framlab
Image Courtesy of Framlab

In the last global survey undertaken by the United Nations in 2005, there were an estimated 100 million people who were homeless around the world and 1.6 billion who lived without adequate housing. This number has escalated in recent years; unaffordable housing has become a global norm, making it increasingly difficult for the disadvantaged to seek out permanent, or even temporary shelter.

As housing becomes a means of accumulating wealth rather than fulfilling its fundamental goal of shelter, well-intentioned architects have attempted to solve the homelessness crisis through creative ideas and innovative design. But is architecture really the solution?

How Aggressive Architecture Designs the Homeless Out of the Public Realm

08:00 - 19 March, 2017
How Aggressive Architecture Designs the Homeless Out of the Public Realm, Bench outside St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer
Bench outside St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer

In recent years, the architectural community has become heavily involved, in both positive and negative ways, with the chronic global issue of homelessness. In response, James Furzer of UK-based Spatial Design Architects has undertaken a photographic analysis exploring defensive forms of urban design. Using the typology of public benches in London, Furzer documents public fixtures which act as deterrents to rough sleepers, essentially denying a right to the city for those who ultimately have no choice but to be there.

East India bench, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer Tower Hill bench, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer Bench outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer Canary Wharf Station bench, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer + 12