Hostile architecture in the news in June 2014

Anti-homeless spikes made the news globally in June 2014. Mayors of London (UK) and Montreal (Canada) berated these design features and ordered their removal leading to further discussion in both social and traditional media. Dr. Tureli was invited to comment on the issue on CBC Radio Daybreak on 12 June 2014 (recording available here).


See some of the coverage in London and Montreal:

  • Alex Andreou, “Spikes keep the homeless away, pushing them further out of sight,” The Guardian (9 June 2014).
  • Ben Quinn, “Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture,'” The Guardian (13 June 2014).
  • “Outrage after Montreal store lays out spikes to deter homeless,” CTV News (10 June 2014)
  • “Anti-homeless spikes ‘unacceptable,’ Coderre says,” The Gazette  (10 June 2014)

Online Exhibition

Dans l’trou – Asbestos and the Closing of the Jeffrey Mine
Geneviève Aboud, Clothilde Caillé-Lévesque and Simon Lussier

Walls vs People
Osama Al-Sehali and Lucie Riedweg

Gentrification in Saint-Henri: A quiet metamorphosis
Kevin Botchar & Jason Trehern

A qui la Pointe
Nina Mihaylova

Desire Line: Illegal Rail Crossings in Montreal
Jaimie Cudmore & Manu Sharma

Sulukule: A Community Destroyed Through Construction
Andrew Brown & Ayca Koseoglu

Hidden Oil
Andrew Lockhart and Michael Hasey

Privatized Public
Josiane Crampé and Julian Mirabelli

Architecture’s Public

Please post your reading response for Gianni Di Carlo’s “Architecture’s Public” and Barthes’ “Death of the Author” due October 24, 24 hours before class, here by replying.  We will have guests: will be coming to class on Friday in the second session of the class at noon. Please be prepared to ask them questions. Thanks!