A glossary of hostile architecture
Anti-climb paint, armrests and arrowslits are only the beginning of how urban spaces change behaviour
For the 2022 London Festival of Architecture, DNCO curated Uncivic Space, an exhibition about hostile architecture. We created a glossary list of terms associated with the subject, some obviously hostile and others seemingly neutral.
Because what is hostile in the urban environment all depends on who you are and what you’re doing. You can read more about how these tactics are used here.
Autonomous vehicles with surveillance cameras
Castle murder holes
Electric bird deterrent system
Great Wall of China
McDonald’s dining chairs
Neighbourhood Watch signs
No cruising zones
No loitering signs
No parking signs
Privately-owned public space (POPs)
Uncivic Space was an exhibition at DNCO in June 2022, running as part of the London Festival of Architecture. Read more here.