Remove Hostile Architecture from Bristol

Remove Hostile Architecture from Bristol

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Libby Wyatt started this petition to Bristol City Council

Hostile Architecture is a violent form of social control within public spaces. Bristol is an inclusive, forward-moving and accepting city full of vibrant people and opinions, yet the way our city-centre spaces are designed to prevent us, the public, from using these spaces to their full potential. 

Not only is architecture such as sloped bus benches uncomfortable and imply the public are like pigeons - permitted to act/sit in certain ways/spaces not others - but hostile structures like this can severely impact the life and welfare of the homeless population within our city. 

Hostile architecture for a large part is designed to be deployed in specific areas to herd the homeless population away from the public eye - these can include (but not limited to) the following examples: 

- undercover walkways with gaps between panels specifically to let rain water fall on anyone seeking shelter underneath them for an extended period of time

- shuttered/sloped shop entrances to prevent sheltered space being used outside business hours 

- partitioned benches to prevent them from being used in any way other than sitting straight 

- floor spikes/bumps to stop people sitting/sleeping on the floor

All these examples are a violent attack on our homeless population, however other forms act to shape and correct the way we all move through and use our public space. They create a violent image of the way our city is built, which is not a true reflection of Bristolians in the city. 

Sign this petition to get Bristol City Council to remove these aggressive forms of architecture from our inclusive and loving city! 

Please also follow this link to get more details/facts on hostile architecture in our city, and plot your own examples that you find on the map provided (you can include photos too!) which can be used as evidence for Bristol City Council to take action! 

uwewebmedia.net/mpp/hostile 

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