Friday, 15 May 2009
Benches are by type a solitary object. No other piece of street furniture seems to be to its intended use for such a small proportion of its time than many public benches. When in use the bench usually only serves one u ser at a time. Bins are by comparision in constant use, they are always holding litter or being emptied or being used. Street lights are used everynight.
The bench with a user claims the area immmediately within its location especially where the space is restricted. The user can expect to sit there without anyone else sitting within a unspoken boundary infringing in the users space. Challenges to this rule are either met with a response to perceived aggression or an open invitation to share the space.