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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Lachlan Steininger
Community Member
1 year ago

BLANKET FOOOORT

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Elevated sleep is good for staying drier during rain too.

Allyinnfland
Community Member
1 year ago

This is own goal, this block not only homles but even people with wheelchair, at least mine couldn't not pass

Luna Moonwatcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait, but what if someone in a wheelchair needs to get in?

lakitha tolbert
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that entrance is probably non public and mostly unused. Most people don’t set up such barriers to an entry. Those poles exist for only one reason, to keep homeless people from sleeping there.

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Lululoohoo
Community Member
1 year ago

hey! now they have a loft bed :D

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

i like "homeless" dude creativity

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
1 year ago

On the other hand, have you seen some of those places? Full of old cloths, empty bottles, smell of piss... No wonder they fight back sometimes.

Richard Pickman
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is pretty stupid and I bet this also breaks fire law about safe escape from a burning building.

Carson Lujan
Community Member
1 year ago

Makes the homeless feel safer as they are higher up (like cats sleeping in towers)

Waqitos
Community Member
1 year ago

Lmao, hell yeah.

Lindsay McCarty
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Good job, sir

B Keating
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Good for them!

Cory Tollman
Community Member
3 weeks ago

What they should have done if they really need to keep people from hanging out in that alcove is to put a rolling gate/fence on each side. Close it at night and open it in the morning. This idiotic idea makes me think that someone had a buddy or family member who knew a guy that was good with concrete and posts.

Christina Kempf
Community Member
11 months ago

No sheets no blankets come on it's gotta stop

Lynann Lawson
Community Member
11 months ago

Totally cruel and ridiculous

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
12 months ago

I hope the person that did this, has nightmares !!!

Laura Enez
Community Member
1 year ago

Where they is a will there is a way!

pony33
Community Member
1 year ago

Better yet. A $2.50 blue tarp. Becomes a giant umbrella/tent...

pony33
Community Member
1 year ago

Better yet. A $2.50 blue tarp. Becomes a giant umbrella/tent...

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
1 year ago

Just imagine what might happen if assholes who do shit like this decided to get together and build safe, warm, reliable homeless shelters. Maybe they would turn into human beings.

Patricia Stilwell
Community Member
1 year ago

Homeless 1. Designers 0.

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

I just love these antihomeless spikes. (NO, I DON'T!) Now, if only so much effort could be out into helping these people life would be good! But then, we are only human, yup! Homo homini lupus est!

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

They did a favor,now there are two floors to use and elevated sleep is tryer

Teri Campisi
Community Member
1 year ago

Glad they found a way to sleep there anyway!

Mesmer
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish the businesses in these pictures were named.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

This is fabulous! Creative thinking at its best!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

great solution, if you are poor, you have to be creative and f@ck the system

backatya
Community Member
1 year ago

those poles look dumb there

Lue Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

That's what I call being creative! And speaking of being creative, we have absolutely no idea of the talent of many homeless people!!

Jeff Heinemann
Community Member
1 year ago

the money spent could be used to help instead of hinder. Use power for good not evil! There's enough of those people in the world.

Gail Watkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Now THATS SMART with ingenuity you should hire him 😁

Lisa Ross
Community Member
1 year ago

Good...if you are homeless you must be resourceful.

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

Hah!

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd love to see the invoice for that. Probably could have helped quite a few people for that money. Disgusting.

TRUE HAPPINESS
Community Member
1 year ago

Like a Boss

Luka Hamer
Community Member
1 year ago

and away from the cold dirty floor... great

Matthew Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

*anyway

soy bean
Community Member
1 year ago

le epicly rekt by a homeless guy

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, i agree 100% but how can you tell that he's ugly

AJu
Community Member
1 year ago

Paris

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

What an inhumane eyesore. It is so ugly it should be deemed pollution and with a stiff fine to follow.

Logan 2440
Community Member
1 year ago

What a dickhead. I would totally clean him out from there

Johnnee
Community Member
1 year ago

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This looks like an emergency exit. Don't block it off just cos you're homeless.

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

But yeah it's fine to block it with those poles

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#3

Modern Problems Require Modern...oh Wait

Modern Problems Require Modern...oh Wait

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Iggy
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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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Bianka Howwess
Community Member
1 year ago

Worker: What should we do about the homeless population? Boss: I don't know, put a bunch of dick-shaped green things everywhere. Worker: Won't that look bad? Boss: Add some wierd rocks to it, then!

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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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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