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Governments control you and your behavior in a variety of way, not just by laws but also in public design. Here are 10 secret meanings behind ways the government are controlling you through design, every day. Subscribe for more! ► ◄ Stay updated ►◄ For copyright queries or general inquiries please get in touch: Credit: Featuring... Fake CCTV cameras - It seems nowadays that there's a CCTV camera wherever you look. Inside every shop, outside every building, on streetlights, telephone poles, you name it, there’s a camera. However, what you may not know is that a lot of them are fake. The Camden Bench - During 2012, in the trendy London Borough of Camden, huge slabs of concrete started to appear on the streets. It turned out these were actually benches, but not your ordinary, comfortable, welcoming benches: these benches were designed specifically to influence and deter all sorts of bad behavior. Armrests - Staying with benches, governments have used other designs to curb behaviour like loitering and rough sleeping. If you see a bench in your town that is sloped, or has an armrest in the middle, that’s intentional. Anti-skateboarding designs - If you’ve ever seen seemingly random strips of metal placed on low walls, kerbs or pavements outside buildings, these aren’t just to make the place look a bit avant garde. They are there to discourage skateboarders grinding the ledges, jumping the kerbs, and generally using public space as a skatepark. More anti-homeless designs - Homelessness is a big problem in most cities across the world. Unfortunately, rather than tackling the source of the problem, many cities are trying to stop homeless people sleeping rough by making it as hard for them as possible.Trash cans - Not even the harmless act of throwing your litter away is free from design manipulation. Many government trash cans nowadays are slanted, so people can’t sit on them. Anti-sticker streetlights - Have you ever seen streetlights in big cities which have bobbly plastic coverings around them? These aren’t to give passers-by a pleasant sensation to touch as they walk past, they’re to stop people putting stickers on the streetlights. ATM boundaries - Here’s a more positive one, showing you that sometimes the powers that be have our best interests at heart after all. It’s another one from our old friends at Camden Council. In 2003 they decided to put yellow exclusion zones around some ATMs in the town. No seats - Let’s give governments a break and quickly turn the spotlight on private companies using design to control what we do. In this case, spending your money. 35m people use London Heathrow airport’s Terminal 5 every year, that’s just under 100,000 people a day. How many free seats do you think there are in the terminal? I’ll tell you. 700. If you want to sit down while you wait for your plane, and these seats are taken, you’re welcome in one of the 25 bars, cafes or restaurants. There’s everything from Starbucks to Gordon Ramsay. Light manipulation - Even the way things are lit can be used to manipulate your behaviour. In 2009, residents of a housing estate in England were bothered by teenagers hanging around, getting up to all kinds of anti-social behaviour. The people that ran the estate installed fluorescent pink lights by all the areas where the teenagers gathered.

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