[Tagging] Benches and hostile architecture

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 20:22:38 UTC 2020

The term "hostile architecture" is too vague. As an alternative
"anti-homeless" is also not precise enough. We are getting closer with the
initial suggestion that the feature is to prevent lying down, sleeping or

However, I think the tags "sitting_hindrance=" and "lying_hindrance" are
not clear enough in English. The term "lying" is ambiguous, since it can
refer to "telling lies" (falsehoods) as well. Also, in English syntax it
sounds strange to say something is a "lying hindrance", because this would
normally be an obstacle which is lying down, rather than a hindrance to a
person lying down.

So it would be better to change the order of words in the tags, e.g.
"no_lying=" and "no_sitting=" , or just simplify to "sitting=prohibited"
and "lying_down=prohibited" or similar. But I admit that none of those
options are perfectly clear. Perhaps someone else has a better phrase?

We want to make it clear that lying down or sitting down is not allowed or
physical obstructed, right?

-- Joseph Eisenberg

On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 10:38 AM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Aug 2020 at 18:22, Oliver Simmons <oliversimmo at gmail.com>
>> Someone else can probably think of a better suggestion
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostile_architecture
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> Paul
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