Hostile Architecture

The Use of Architecture Against Those Experiencing Homelessness

Hostile architecture is a phenomenon seen more and more as city officials attempt to hide the reality of the homelessness crisis. They make efforts to forcefully remove individuals without housing from the only places they feel safe to rest. This hostility shows that they are not regarded as a part of their community; officials would rather hide them than provide adequate housing options.

The Unethicality of Hostile Architecture

Hostile architecture is placed city-wide throughout the United States and has a particularly pervasive presence in San Francisco. Defined as “the design of public spaces in a way that stops unwanted behavior,” hostile architecture significantly restricts already limited public areas where people who are homeless can sleep outside of alternative housing options. In a single …

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