Check out These Fascinating Examples of Hostile Architecture

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What is hostile architecture? It involves uncomfortable design features that prevent the homeless (or any) population from loitering or laying down in public spaces. Exhibit A:

The design trend is most often seen in urban centers, but another example that's uber-recognizable is airport benches. Have you noticed that it's impossible to lay down on them these days, due to their dividers? A crime against the jet-lagged, if you ask us.

Many have taken to Instagram to document the hostile architecture in their own cities. Check out some of the most creative examples below.

1. Metal dividers, a curved seat, and uncomfortable pebbles — time to bid adieu to your midday nap.

2. Though artistic, this one doesn't even look comfortable to sit on. And you can forget about laying down.

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3. In case you feel tempted to sit on water valves ...

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4. It would be a pain to plop down or lean on these seemingly innocent birds.

5. Try sitting on these windowsill spikes and you'll have a medical emergency on your hands.

6. And speaking of windowsill spikes, these teeny-tiny ones would tear open your thighs in a snap.

7. This charmingly awkward bench is only good for taking a short breather, we'd say.

8. These snake-y bars are as confusing as they're uncomfortable.

9. Forget benches with dividers — these individual seats take matters to the next level.

10. Sitting on this railing would cause some serious injuries.

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11. We can't imagine enjoying even sitting on this "bench."

12. Want to catch some shade under this tree? Forget about it.