Ever wonder how architecture and homelessness are related?

If you live in a large metropolitan area, such as New York, London or Montreal, you might have noticed that certain public places are strategically designed to persuade people – specifically the homeless – from being there.

This isn’t a new thing. Cities have been doing it for decades.

It’s why the benches in your city have armrests and the concrete walls in the park have ornate ironwork. It’s designed to be uncomfortable, so people don’t linger, so the homeless go somewhere else.

Here are a few pictures showing how urban design is attempting to put homelessness out-of-sight and out-of-mind.

If you’re interested in learning more about this urban trend, listen to this segment on The Brian Lehrer Show about how design is hiding homelessness.

Src: The Brian Lehrer Show