The internet is awash with examples of shoddy fencing design and installation and many of these images should be taken with a grain of salt.
After all, there are always a number of reasons why something that at first looks ridiculous may have occurred – everything from town planning by-laws to quick fixes to works in progress. However sometimes you come across an interesting ‘solution’ that really hurts your brain…
1: Peekaboo! According to the person who posted this photo online their dad had discussed and agreed to angle the fence. Then he got home to this. In case you’re wondering, yes – we have raking panels.
2: The work around. For another great example of when user experience utterly destroys urban design. What was designed to slow down bikes now allows them to pull some sweet skids taking the outside lane
3: Fixed it boss! Sometimes the number 8 wire approach works well. But, more often than not, these quick fixes make for inept eyesores. Hopefully this patch job was only temporary.
4: More than words. This inspirational quote from Frank O’Hara was meant to inspire busy commuters with the words, “I cant even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there’s a subway handy, or a record store, or some other sign that people do not totally regret life.” Which we’re sure it did… unless you were walking towards it from this angle.
5: A zebra crossing for giraffes. It looks like the curb has been replaced along with the fence installation here. Which is fine if you want to change pedestrian behaviour for a safer result. However such an approach is useless if the crossing lines are still in place – all you’re doing then is laying down a great challenge for hurdles runners.
6: Game on! At first glance this gate looks like a heavy-handed bureaucratic power play. However it’s actually very helpful, the design providing an opening for handicapped players to access the pétanque/bocce court while ensuring all balls can stay inside once play starts.