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Hostile urban architecture: A critical discussion of the seemingly offensive art of keeping people away
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics. Chalmers Univ Technol, Res Inst Sweden RISE, Gothenburg, Sweden.;Univ Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Etikk i praksis, ISSN 1890-3991, E-ISSN 1890-4009, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 27-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For many years, some urban architecture has aimed to exclude unwanted groups of people from some locations. This type of architecture is called "defensive" or "hostile" architecture and includes benches that cannot be slept on, spikes in the ground that cannot be stood on, and pieces of metal that hinder one's ability to skateboard. These defensive measures have sparked public outrage, with many thinking such measures lead to suffering, are disrespectful, and violate people's rights. In this paper, it is argued that these views are difficult to defend and that much more empirical research on the topic is needed.

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2017. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 27-44
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Defensive architecture, hostile architecture, anti-homeless spike, bum-proof benches, urban planning, well-being, right to public space
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Architecture Ethics Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-342617DOI: 10.5324/eip.v11i2.2052ISI: 000415166700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-342617DiVA, id: diva2:1184955
Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved

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