# WEAPONIZED ARCHITECTURE /// The Spikes Are Not the Problem, Homelessness Is

had some thoughts on how capitalistic aggression can manifest under the pretense of “design” and “aesthetics,” especially since non-homeless people do not perceive the spikes as an offense against them but rather just a whimsical attempt to change urban scenery

The Funambulist

There has been a recent outcry on the Internet after the wide spreading of a series of photographs showing metallic/concrete spikes on stone thresholds, planters and other surfaces that could potentially be used by homeless people in order to sleep. Judging the motivations of people who have been part of this outcry is not my place here; however one cannot help but to notice the hyper-punctuality of this kind of conversations on the Internet that, too often, restraint themselves to 140 characters of indignation with no subsequent political traction. The very fact that many people seem to have just discovered this anti-homeless material device for the first time in these coming weeks is telling of the triviality with which they consider the public space of the cities in which they live. The problem here is not as much the evanescence of this outcry — after all, it could have sensitized a few people — but…

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