Hostile architecture. You might not be familiar with the term, but you've probably seen it in action. Those spikes on the window ledges, designed to keep the birds away. Or, in a more sinister fashion, things like strategically-placed armrests or rocky floors, cynically installed to ensure that vulnerable people in need of shelter are forced to look elsewhere.

Not only are homeless folks discriminated against directly and culturally, but also structurally too. These exclusionary designs, denying people even the right to find a place to rest, are a stark illustration of our society's collective disregard for basic humanity. Surely we can do better than this?

This heartbreaking list, compiled by Bored Panda, shows some of the most offensive examples of 'anti-homeless' designs, and it will make you ever so grateful for that roof over your head. Because it seems that if misfortune strikes and you should one day happen to lose it, you are most certainly not welcome to try and find a place to sleep on the streets. Scroll down to see what we mean for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

#1

You’ve Got To Be The Worst Kind Of Heartless Twat If You Can Go Around Slashing Homeless People’s Tents

You’ve Got To Be The Worst Kind Of Heartless Twat If You Can Go Around Slashing Homeless People’s Tents

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boredhuman 2 months ago

Homeless or not, wanderer or CEO, you simply don't destroy someone else property. This make me so angry.

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#2

Someone Installs These Poles To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here, They Find A Solution Anyways

Someone Installs These Poles To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here, They Find A Solution Anyways

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boredhuman 2 months ago

Throw a sheet or cloth over the bars and you have a mega tent.

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#3

Modern Problems Require Modern...oh Wait

Modern Problems Require Modern...oh Wait

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Iggy 2 months ago

We should boycott businesses that do this.

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#4

When You’re Inclusive But Still Hate The Poor

When You’re Inclusive But Still Hate The Poor

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Iggy 2 months ago

That's truly taking the piss.

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#5

Anyone Else Find This Ironic?

Anyone Else Find This Ironic?

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varwenea 2 months ago

I never knew those mini arm rest were meant to prevent sleeping on them. That's just cruel.

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#6

An Eyecatching Response To Mumbai’s Homelessness Crisis

An Eyecatching Response To Mumbai’s Homelessness Crisis

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Fish Boden 2 months ago

Fark, can you imagine accidentally falling on it. They hate the beggars and the homeless so much they create a hard-core public danger.

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#7

Bench In Volgodonsk, Russia

Bench In Volgodonsk, Russia

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varwenea 2 months ago

Assholes

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#8

This Man Removed 'Anti-Homeless' Devices From Benches And Ended In Court

This Man Removed 'Anti-Homeless' Devices From Benches And Ended In Court

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Kaisu 2 months ago

I'm glad he was doing that and I'm sorry he was taken to court because of such a bullshit reason!

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#9

Cut In The Shape Of An Obelisk, They Are Installed On A Private Site In Paris. Imagine A Homeless Man Who Would Lose Balance In The Middle Of This Work Of 'Art'? Or A Child?

Cut In The Shape Of An Obelisk, They Are Installed On A Private Site In Paris. Imagine A Homeless Man Who Would Lose Balance In The Middle Of This Work Of 'Art'? Or A Child?

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Kaisu 2 months ago

If you're going to do this, then don't hide it as "art" but just admit that you're being cruel and kicking people who are already down

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#10

The Worst Example Of Anti-Homeless Architecture I've Ever Seen

The Worst Example Of Anti-Homeless Architecture I've Ever Seen

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John L 2 months ago

Just plain dangerous to everyone....

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#11

Man Sleeping On A Anti-Homeless Bench

Man Sleeping On A Anti-Homeless Bench

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varwenea 2 months ago

What the hell? That rain! Please get him to a shelter.

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#12

More Anti Homeless Spikes....so Much For Community Spirit

More Anti Homeless Spikes....so Much For Community Spirit

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Kaisu 2 months ago

Why the fuck does it matter if homeless people sleep under the bridge and get like the bare minimum of shelter from the rain?

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#13

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

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Ana J 2 months ago

It reminds me of that saying, I'm no cactus expert but I know a prick when I see one.

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#14

When You Wanna Look Inclusive But Hate Homeless People

When You Wanna Look Inclusive But Hate Homeless People

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Kaisu 2 months ago

There are a lot of homeless queer youth who are thrown out of home because they're queer, get out of here with this bullshit, this isn't supporting LGBT people, this is just inhumane

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#15

There Are A Few Different Varieties But They All Serve The Same Purpose

There Are A Few Different Varieties But They All Serve The Same Purpose

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Kaisu 2 months ago

Spikes or balls, it doesn't matter, it's all equally cruel

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