Fake public space coming to a Victoria near you

The corner of Douglas and Pandora is being redeveloped with office buildings and a plaza “for the enjoyment of the general public.” Before that proposal was unanimously approved by Victoria City Council in 2015, the city and the developer agreed that there should be limits on who can use the plaza, and how.

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Stephen Harrison
Walls are in for 2017

Always one for keeping up with the latest trends, Portland Hotel Society is building a wall on the Pandora Avenue side of its Johnson Street Residence. And what a wall it will be! Only the tallest marginalized Victorians will be able to access the valuable stairwell, stones, and no trespassing signs inside.

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Stephen Harrison
Un-sleepable benches

One of the most ubiquitous examples of defensive or hostile architecture in downtown Victoria is the un-sleepable bench, which is intended to decrease visible homelessness in the downtown core. 

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Stephen Harrison
Separation of church and street

Central Baptist Church has walled off a covered area outside its entrance and installed a spiked fence and locked gate. It’s getting a lot of well-deserved attention as a highly visible example of defensive architecture, but it’s far from the only one in Victoria.

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Stephen Harrison