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

JessieKer Report

boredhuman 4 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 4 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 4 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

isaacazuelos Report

Iggy 4 months ago

That's truly taking the piss.

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#5

Anyone Else Find This Ironic?

Anyone Else Find This Ironic?

OhbamanableSnowman Report

varwenea 4 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

simonmundy Report

Fish Boden 4 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 4 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

euronews Report

Kaisu 4 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?

Dégustation de Bon Sens Liège Report

Kaisu 4 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

CommunistOrc Report

John L 4 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

Chimichanga007 Report

varwenea 4 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

rMoiraStilwell Report

Kaisu 4 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

fluter Report

Ana J 4 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 4 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

tx1383 Report

Kaisu 4 months ago

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

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#16

Montreal Has Probably The Least Subtle Implementation Of Hostile Architecture I Have Ever Seen

Montreal Has Probably The Least Subtle Implementation Of Hostile Architecture I Have Ever Seen

AdaRook666 Report

PyroarRanger 4 months ago

I couldn't even sit in that comfortably

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#17

How To Avoid Homeless People To Sleep In Public Places

How To Avoid Homeless People To Sleep In Public Places

Porco_cane Report

Iggy 4 months ago

This is so nasty!

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#18

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

fluter Report

Daria Z 4 months ago

That's just ugly.

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#19

Oh Yeah, Let’s Create More Hostile Architecture

Oh Yeah, Let’s Create More Hostile Architecture

mastermeowlificent Report

Iggy 4 months ago

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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#20

Metro Stop Bench Is Tilted So Attempting To Lay Down Ends Up With You Sliding Off

Metro Stop Bench Is Tilted So Attempting To Lay Down Ends Up With You Sliding Off

supremecrafters Report

Maya Baggins 4 months ago

It is that way so you can stand but have some (butt)support at the same time

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#21

Mumbai's Hdfc (Fort Branch) Installs Anti-Homeless Spikes To Tackle The Homelessness Crisis

Mumbai's Hdfc (Fort Branch) Installs Anti-Homeless Spikes To Tackle The Homelessness Crisis

Bapu_Ji Report

NCC~1701 4 months ago

You know what would tackle the homeless crisis? Affordable homes and healthcare!

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#22

London Shops Put "Anti Homeless Spikes" To Stop The Homeless From Sitting In Their Buildings

London Shops Put "Anti Homeless Spikes" To Stop The Homeless From Sitting In Their Buildings

IDontBeleiveImOnFIre Report

Liam Walsh 4 months ago

And many got rid of them sharply when the response was anger.

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#23

According To Last Figures, Madrid Counts Over 2700 Homeless Persons Which Encounter A Bombastic City Replete With Hostile Architecture At Bus Stops, Private Shops And Public Buildings And Parks

According To Last Figures, Madrid Counts Over 2700 Homeless Persons Which Encounter A Bombastic City Replete With Hostile Architecture At Bus Stops, Private Shops And Public Buildings And Parks

citiesfightingthehomeless Report

boredpanDaman 4 months ago

2700 people. madrid... they could be provided with at least e decent place to be

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#24

This One Is In China

This One Is In China

tx1383 Report

John L 4 months ago

Interesting that they chose to sleep at a precarious angle rather then on the walkway.

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#25

I Like To Think That We Are Better Than This. Architecture That Discriminates Against An Already Marginalized Population Is The Laziest Way To Address The Issue Of Homelessness. If We, As A Public Health Provider, Resort To Doing This, What Kind Of Example Are We Setting?

I Like To Think That We Are Better Than This. Architecture That Discriminates Against An Already Marginalized Population Is The Laziest Way To Address The Issue Of Homelessness. If We, As A Public Health Provider, Resort To Doing This, What Kind Of Example Are We Setting?

iantoryes Report

Carol Emory 4 months ago

Although I think shoving homeless people out is deplorable..I can understand them not wanting a homeless person to sleep on and intake or exhaust vent. It could majorly screw up machinery that's linked to that grate.

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#26

Spotted This Abomination In La

Spotted This Abomination In La

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DKS 001 4 months ago

what if someone is really overweight and has to sit down?

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#27

Fanciest Hostile Architecture I’ve Seen In Person

Fanciest Hostile Architecture I’ve Seen In Person

Little_Barnabus Report

Agent K 4 months ago

That's pretty upscale...

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#28

What Even Is This?

What Even Is This?

Tabisama Report

Maya Baggins 4 months ago

Pure fire in summer

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#29

Not Exactly An Environmentalist Post Today, But What Do You All Think Of Anti Homeless Infrastructure? I Feel Like It Isn't Talked About A Lot. These Spikes Were Installed With The Malicious Intent To Prevent A Homeless Person From Sleeping On The Side Of The Street

Not Exactly An Environmentalist Post Today, But What Do You All Think Of Anti Homeless Infrastructure? I Feel Like It Isn't Talked About A Lot. These Spikes Were Installed With The Malicious Intent To Prevent A Homeless Person From Sleeping On The Side Of The Street

herbivorechronicles Report

Restless 4 months ago

And from the empty bottle it would appear to stop drunk people crashing through the window

#30

I've Never Seen So Many Spikes - NYC

I've Never Seen So Many Spikes - NYC

bounceyboy Report

PyroarRanger 4 months ago

Sleep in the gaps between!

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#31

Return To Hostile Architecture?

Return To Hostile Architecture?

rwade300 Report

Kaisu 4 months ago

This is bad for elderly people too, who might need to sit for a moment to get some rest

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#32

Armrests For Comfort. Totally Not To Stop Homeless People Lying Down...

Armrests For Comfort. Totally Not To Stop Homeless People Lying Down...

theobanger Report

Katarzyna Sak 4 months ago

You just see one point of view "don't let homeless people lay on bench", look other way - in this case this is also a great help for older people, seniors, who need these kind of armrest to get up, it's very common and sometimes even required in regulations.

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#33

No Hanging Out In The Corner

No Hanging Out In The Corner

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Monika Soffronow 4 months ago

This is against drunks peeing in the corner and if it is an area close to bars or pubs, then I do understand.

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#34

Confused Lumbar Support For One Bar Support

Confused Lumbar Support For One Bar Support

IAmTheColorTheft Report

Jason M 4 months ago

I'm pretty sure I've seen that object in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

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#35

In Paris Large Stones Placed Under Bridge To Stop Refugees From Sheltering Or Sleeping Near The Official Camp

In Paris Large Stones Placed Under Bridge To Stop Refugees From Sheltering Or Sleeping Near The Official Camp

calaisolidarity Report

PandaJon 4 months ago

Doesn't look like its working

#36

Another Portland “Bench” (Cesar Chávez Blvd). Kills My Eyes (And Back) Just Looking At That Seating Angle

Another Portland “Bench” (Cesar Chávez Blvd). Kills My Eyes (And Back) Just Looking At That Seating Angle

chalhobgob Report

Ellen 4 months ago

I'm from & live in Portland and one of our many "solutions" was placing actual rock boulders on our highway shoulders to deter and prevent homeless camps/tents. It's sad, really

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#37

These Lovely Seats In A Paris Metro Station.

These Lovely Seats In A Paris Metro Station.

theobanger Report

Jason M 4 months ago

And I paid $30 for a pillow shaped like that for my bed...smh

#38

Bench In Clearwater Beach, Florida

Bench In Clearwater Beach, Florida

Mirror_Sybok Report

Hope Floats 4 months ago

That looks like the stocks, never mind a bench! Uninviting to everyone I would have thought..

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#39

Flat Ventilation Grate Level With Ground; Homeless Slept On It For Warmth. A Few Months Ago The Grate Was Reno'd With A Slope

Flat Ventilation Grate Level With Ground; Homeless Slept On It For Warmth. A Few Months Ago The Grate Was Reno'd With A Slope

nathanng Report

Sean Wittig 4 months ago

Its for ventilation, you shouldn't cover it.

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#40

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Chris_CPH Report

Jeff Requier 4 months ago

you can sleep under that

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#41

Anti Homeless Spikes

Anti Homeless Spikes

henryqs Report

Restless 4 months ago

It would be a bit dangerous to sleep in the centre island anyway, would it not?

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#42

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

fluter Report

Monika Soffronow 4 months ago

This is another anti drunks measure. It is to stop loudmouth drunk people spilling out from bars to sit and have noisy in the middle of the night conversations.

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#43

Newly Built “Benches” Spotted In Riverdale Park East

Newly Built “Benches” Spotted In Riverdale Park East

CaraChellew Report

Kel Gal 4 months ago

How is anti-homeless? There's is plenty of room for people to sleep/hang out.

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#44

Tonight, We Noticed A Theatre Had These Removable Anti-Homeless Spikes In Their Doorway

Tonight, We Noticed A Theatre Had These Removable Anti-Homeless Spikes In Their Doorway

HomelessReach Report

Fish Boden 4 months ago

Are we absolutely sure that's what they are?

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#45

Aritistic Anti-Homeless Bench

Aritistic Anti-Homeless Bench

Laurie Avocado Report

varwenea 4 months ago

But it's pretty. (Sorry...)

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#46

Hostile Architecture By Madison Square Park: Benches Built At An Incline, Rendering Sleep For Houseless People Impossible

Hostile Architecture By Madison Square Park: Benches Built At An Incline, Rendering Sleep For Houseless People Impossible

jersing Report

Monday 4 months ago

These benches are actually designed to make it easier for disabled or elderly people to stand up after sitting on them. This one has nothing to do with homelessness

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#47

Don't Sit Here - Anti-Homeless Bench In Mall

Don't Sit Here - Anti-Homeless Bench In Mall

kabads Report

Restless 4 months ago

To be honest - if we had homeless people sleeping in Malls people would moan about that as well

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#48

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

fluter Report

Restless 4 months ago

It could also be to stop cars from parking there

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#49

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Arnaud Elfort, Guillaume Schaller Report

TheCutestDeer 4 months ago

I bet at least one person had tried to play/slide down it!

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#50

Installed Around Paris, Unsure Of Exact Purpose

Installed Around Paris, Unsure Of Exact Purpose

theobanger Report

François Bouzigues 4 months ago

It avoids people peeing. And this kind of corners are perfect for ambushing, or kick the hell out of someone.

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#51

This New York City Bench

This New York City Bench

JamaicanRiceRat Report

Restless 4 months ago

That does not stop anyone sleeping there. Come on people!

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#52

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

fluter Report

Kath Leen 4 months ago

who would even try to walk on that stairs?anti homeless anti people in general.

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#53

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Nils Norman Report

Marie Stanford 4 months ago

Don’t see how someone could sleep there if the spikes weren’t there?

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#54

At Least It Looks Cool

At Least It Looks Cool

Tremont99 Report

Alex 4 months ago

Im confused as to how this would stop them...

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#55

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

usbeketrica Report

Cahit Andaç 4 months ago

I don't think this is about homeless people. Because it looks like there's no shelter above, or it doesn't look like a place to sleep for homeless people. it's just ordinary pavement and decorated with some stones to fill the gap.

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#56

Tiny Benches In Utah

Tiny Benches In Utah

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Rob Lucchetti 4 months ago

Again - I don't think this is anti-homeless; clearly someone designed this bench to be what it is.

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#57

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-Homeless Architecture

Survival Group Report

Restless 4 months ago

Oh come on now, do you want a homeless person sleeping at the bank machine when you need to use it. This is pushing the whole thing way out

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