60 Cruel Urban Anti-Homeless Designs

Hostile architecture. You might not be familiar with the term, but you’ve probably seen it in action. Those spikes on the window ledges, designed to keep the birds away. Or, in a more sinister fashion, things like strategically-placed armrests or rocky floors, cynically installed to ensure that vulnerable people in need of shelter are forced to look elsewhere.

Not only are homeless folks discriminated against directly and culturally, but also structurally too. These exclusionary designs, denying people even the right to find a place to rest, are a stark illustration of our society’s collective disregard for basic humanity. Surely we can do better than this?

This heartbreaking list, compiled by Bored Panda, shows some of the most offensive examples of ‘anti-homeless’ designs, and it will make you ever so grateful for that roof over your head. Because it seems that if misfortune strikes and you should one day happen to lose it, you are most certainly not welcome to try and find a place to sleep on the streets.
Scroll down to see what we mean for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

#1 You’ve Got To Be The Worst Kind Of Heartless Twat If You Can Go Around Slashing Homeless People’s Tents

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#2 Modern Problems Require Modern…oh Wait

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#3 Someone Installs These Poles To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here, They Find A Solution Anyways

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#4 Bench In Volgodonsk, Russia

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#5 When You’re Inclusive But Still Hate The Poor

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#6 Anyone Else Find This Ironic?

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#7 This Man Removed ‘Anti-Homeless’ Devices From Benches And Ended In Court

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#8 An Eyecatching Response To Mumbai’s Homelessness Crisis

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#9 Cut In The Shape Of An Obelisk, They Are Installed On A Private Site In Paris. Imagine A Homeless Man Who Would Lose Balance In The Middle Of This Work Of ‘Art’? Or A Child?

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#10 Man Sleeping On A Anti-Homeless Bench

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#11 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#12 The Worst Example Of Anti-Homeless Architecture I’ve Ever Seen

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#13 There Are A Few Different Varieties But They All Serve The Same Purpose

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#14 When You Wanna Look Inclusive But Hate Homeless People

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#15 More Anti Homeless Spikes….so Much For Community Spirit

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#16 How To Avoid Homeless People To Sleep In Public Places

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#17 Montreal Has Probably The Least Subtle Implementation Of Hostile Architecture I Have Ever Seen

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#18 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#19 Oh Yeah, Let’s Create More Hostile Architecture

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#20 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#21 Metro Stop Bench Is Tilted So Attempting To Lay Down Ends Up With You Sliding Off

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#22 I Like To Think That We Are Better Than This. Architecture That Discriminates Against An Already Marginalized Population Is The Laziest Way To Address The Issue Of Homelessness. If We, As A Public Health Provider, Resort To Doing This, What Kind Of Example Are We Setting?

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#23 Spotted This Abomination In La

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#24 London Shops Put “Anti Homeless Spikes” To Stop The Homeless From Sitting In Their Buildings

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#25 There Are Separated Benches In My City

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#26 Mumbai’s Hdfc (Fort Branch) Installs Anti-Homeless Spikes To Tackle The Homelessness Crisis

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#27 According To Last Figures, Madrid Counts Over 2700 Homeless Persons Which Encounter A Bombastic City Replete With Hostile Architecture At Bus Stops, Private Shops And Public Buildings And Parks

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#28 I’ve Never Seen So Many Spikes – NYC

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#29 This One Is In China

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#30 Flat Ventilation Grate Level With Ground; Homeless Slept On It For Warmth. A Few Months Ago The Grate Was Reno’d With A Slope

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#31 Fanciest Hostile Architecture I’ve Seen In Person

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#32 Not Exactly An Environmentalist Post Today, But What Do You All Think Of Anti Homeless Infrastructure? I Feel Like It Isn’t Talked About A Lot. These Spikes Were Installed With The Malicious Intent To Prevent A Homeless Person From Sleeping On The Side Of The Street

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#33 Armrests For Comfort. Totally Not To Stop Homeless People Lying Down…

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#34 No Hanging Out In The Corner

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#35 What Even Is This?

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#36 Bench In Clearwater Beach, Florida

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#37 Return To Hostile Architecture?

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#38 In Paris Large Stones Placed Under Bridge To Stop Refugees From Sheltering Or Sleeping Near The Official Camp

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#39 Newly Built “Benches” Spotted In Riverdale Park East

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#40 Another Portland “Bench” (Cesar Chávez Blvd). Kills My Eyes (And Back) Just Looking At That Seating Angle

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#41 Don’t Sit Here – Anti-Homeless Bench In Mall

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#42 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#43 These Lovely Seats In A Paris Metro Station.

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#44 Anti Homeless Spikes

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#45 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#46 Tonight, We Noticed A Theatre Had These Removable Anti-Homeless Spikes In Their Doorway

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#47 Confused Lumbar Support For One Bar Support

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#48 Hostile Architecture By Madison Square Park: Benches Built At An Incline, Rendering Sleep For Houseless People Impossible

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#49 This New York City Bench

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#50 Aritistic Anti-Homeless Bench

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#51 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#52 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#53 Installed Around Paris, Unsure Of Exact Purpose

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#54 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#55 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#56 At Least It Looks Cool

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#57 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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#58 Tiny Benches In Utah

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#59 Anti-Homeless Architecture

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