[Tagging] Benches and hostile architecture

Joseph Eisenberg 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."[4][5] 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
volgende geschreven:
> >
> > ´╗┐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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