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Vancouver Group Creates a Cool Response to Anti-Homeless Architecture

The group RainCity Housing in Vancouver has created a unique response to controversial anti-homeless architectural structures showing up in other major cities. Their “pop up shelter” benches contain foldable roofs that provide shelter from rain, and feature UV-activated letters that read “This is a bench/This is a bedroom” depending on whether it is day or night. The benches also contain the address to the RainCity shelters that provide housing and support to the area’s growing homeless community. The structures are seen as a response to a trend of architectural designs that have controversial built-in deterrents—like spikes embedded in concrete, and additional armrests on benches to prevent lying down—to stop people from sleeping in certain outdoor spaces …

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