99% Invisible

Roman Mars

Arts, Design

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Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at <a href="http://99percentinvisible.org">99percentinvisible.org</a>.<br/> A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at <a href="http://radiotopia.fm/">radiotopia.fm</a>.


219- Unpleasant Design

July 6th, 2016

Episode 233 of 291 episodes

Benches in parks,train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. Many elements ofsuchseats are subtly or overtly restrictive. Arm rests, for instance, indeed provide spacesto rest arms, but they also prevent people from lying down or sitting in anything but a prescribed position. This type of design strategyis sometimes classified as"hostile architecture," or simply: "unpleasant design." Gordan SavičićandSelena Savić, co-editorsof the book Unpleasant Design, are quick to point out that unpleasant designsare not failed designs, but rather successfulones in the sense that they deter certain activities by design. Sponsors Sign up to win a "Beautiful Nerd" poster from Amy's Freshbooks MailChimp

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