Doors Open, But The Welcome Mat Is Gone

There is a dichotomy between DoorsOpenTO and the City's use of defensive architecture. This weekend, the City of Toronto makes an event out of opening its doors to the public. At the same time, the city installs and supports the installation of defensive or hostile architecture designed to shoo people away.

“Making our urban environment hostile

breeds hardness and isolation.

It makes life a little uglier for all of us.”

Here are 10 tales – short stories that highlight the social and emotional impact of hostile architecture in urban centres around the world.

Part 1 -

"Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city's barbed cruelty."

From protrusions on ledges to metal park benches with solid dividers, from water sprinklers to loud muzak, urban spaces are aggressively rejecting soft, human bodies.