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de Fine Licht, K. Etikk i praksis. Nord J Appl Ethics (2017), 11(2), 27–44 27 Hostile urban architecture: A critical discussion of the seemingly offensive art of keeping people away Karl de Fine Licht Chalmers University of Technology, Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) and the University of Gothenburg and Center for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University, [email protected] DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5324/eip.v11i2.2052 For many years, some urban architecture has aimed to exclude unwanted groups of people from some locations. This type of architecture is called “defensive” or “hostile” architecture and includes benches that cannot be slept on, spikes in the ground that cannot be stood on, and pieces of metal that hinder one’s ability to skateboard. These defensive measures have sparked public outrage, with many thinking such measures lead to suffering, are disrespectful, and violate people’s rights. In this paper, it is argued that these views are difficult to defend ...