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London: Anti Anti-Homeless Spikes - Turning travesties of urban design into hospitable spaces.

Sunday 9 August 2015, by siawi3

Source: http://betterthanspikes.tumblr.com/

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Anti - Anti Homeless Spikes

“Living in a city, we bumble along from place to place in tightly martialed lines. We’re told where we can walk, where we can sit, where we are welcome but only if we spend money. Or have it. It makes us neurotic and engenders a deep sense of ‘otherness’ in anyone who chooses to or simply cannot buy in to what currently passes for society and leisure.

Anti-homeless spikes are part of that invention, Nothing says "keep out†to a person more than rows of sharpened buttplugs laid out to stop people from enjoying or using public space.

Space, Not Spikes came from the anger of public/private space inequity. We chose the Curtain Road location because of its resonance with artists. Round the corner and down the road were the studios and spaces used by artists who couldn’t afford anywhere else to live and work. This particular site is where the nightclub Plastic People used to live. It had a Vietnamese restaurant on top of it that vibrated on weekends. Now, we have spikes.

Now, we’re looking at poor doors and architecture designed to keep them ’right’ people in and the ’wrong’ people out. Regardless of whether you own, rent or even have a home, the streets are ours.“​