Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Hostile Architecture

See some examples of architecture designed to drive people away.

While it may be aimed at homeless people who can't afford to pay for a place to exist, it doesn't affect only them.  It's a constant visual reminder to everyone else that they're only tolerated as long as they can pay for it.  The environment becomes and emotional assault.  Also by preventing people from resting effectively, it makes spaces inaccessible to the disabled, the elderly, the pregnant, and everyone else who can't walk indefinitely without sitting down.  And if there's no place to lie down, there's no place to treat someone who has a heart attack, a fainting spell, or anything else that needs horizontal care.
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