Case Study: The Camden Bench

By: KS |

A rather cynical piece of design in an urban setting. However, this is useful for us to study how the behaviours, constraints and requirements actually ‘sculpted’ the public bench. Every consideration for its form, material, treatment and dimensions are informed by its aims. It has been said to be determined by “what it is not”, rather than what it is (i.e., the basic function of sitting is supplanted by the behaviours that it tries to prevent). The result is an interesting and peculiar-looking bench while not steeped in traditional forms of beauty, but certainly rich in its values and commentaries (stories, narratives that we have been discussing) on the circumstances that surround the object. (2018) [online] Available at: [Accessed 7 Feb. 2018].


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