The Future is Gender-Neutral Design

The Future is Gender-Neutral Design

  • 2 February 2019, 11am – 1.30pm
  • MPavilion
    Queen Victoria Gardens
    St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

  • Free, all welcome
  • Event website

Join Monash Art Design & Architecture’s XYX Lab Director Nicole Kalms as part of an esteemed line-up to explore immediate and ongoing ideas around gender and design in this tag-team conversation.

Dutch-American sociologist and urban thinker Saskia Sassen wrote: “Urban planning is not gender neutral.” The way we make our cities affects people differently, and a large factor in that difference is gender. Far too often we’re reminded that our cities aren’t safe for everyone, and even more frequently that our spaces could be more inclusive, useable, convenient and enjoyable for all. Given the underrepresentation of women in architecture and urban design, how has gender influenced our built landscapes? Is there a gender-neutral approach to urban planning—and if so, what is it?

Hosted by JOY 94.9’s Miranda Sparks, speakers include Parlour co-founder Justine Clark; architect Jill Garner; architect and musician Simona Castricum; artist and director of All The Queens Men, Tristan Meecham; Georgie McEncroe, founder of all-female rideshare organisation Shebah; gender studies academic Carolyn D’Cruz; Angela Bailey, president of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives; and Nicole Kalms, director of Monash University’s XYX Lab.

This event is supported by VicHealth and 3RRR.