Individual benches, concrete balls, spikes in the ground, sloped windowsills, bars… These are some examples of hostile architecture that we find in big cities and that represent a violation of rights for homeless people.
From Arrels we demand inclusive cities and residential solutions so that no one has to sleep on the street and we invite you to make visible the barriers of your environment in social networks with the hashtag #FemCiutatsInclusives and in this collaborative map.
“Bars on the bus benches, spikes in the ground, individual benches… are these the solutions for not seeing people sleeping on the street?”, asked some people we know who have lived on the street. From Arrels we believe that these architectural barriers are not the solution because the problem does not disappear, it only moves to another place; they entail added difficulties for people and represent a violation of rights.
What we would like is for homeless people to be able to make use of public space like any other citizen and, as a society, to care about everyone having a home where they can sleep at night. We are convinced that it is possible to achieve #nobodysleepingonthestreet but for that we need social care and housing policies aimed at people living on the street and prevention policies so that no one loses their home.