[Tagging] Benches and hostile architecture
joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 21:37:03 UTC 2020
I understand that it's the normal term for the general concept, but it
includes a large number of things:
"measures include sloped window sills to stop people sitting; benches with
armrests positioned to stop people lying on them, and water sprinklers that
"intermittently come on but aren't really watering anything." Hostile
architecture is also employed to deter skateboarding, littering, loitering,
and public urination."
There is an example of a 1800s church with a sloped wall, designed to
deflect urine. That's quite different than spikes on a threshold, armrests
on a bench, or metal brackets on the edge of a curb (meant to deter
It's a big category, so it would be best to use precise tags for each
For example, if you want to tag a kerb which has guard to prevent easy
skateboarding, then add something like "anti-skate_devices=yes" or
"skate_prevention=yes", don't use "hostile_architecture=yes" because that
is non-specific: it's not clear if what is prevented is sitting, lying
down, or skating.
-- Joseph Eisenberg
On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 2:20 PM Peter Elderson <pelderson at gmail.com> wrote:
> The British really call bench construction "architecture"? Amazing. I can
see this going the same way as village green.
> Mvg Peter Elderson
> > Op 23 aug. 2020 om 22:59 heeft Andy Townsend <ajt1047 at gmail.com> het
> > On 23/08/2020 21:22, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> >> The term "hostile architecture" is too vague.
> > It is the normal British English (at least) description of this stuff.
> > Best Regards,
> > Andy
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