XYX Lab – Gender + Place
XYX Lab is a team of experienced design researchers exploring gender-sensitive design practices and theory. Our work operates at the intersection of gender, identity, urban space and advocacy. Through our research, we bring together planners, policy makers, local government and stakeholders to make tangible the experiences of underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.
XYX Lab is grounded in feminist and queer theory and activated through real-world projects. Equal parts qualitative and quantitative research, we regularly work to collect and analyse data and experiences in order to generate deeper understanding and support our design projects. Our approach is inclusive of all gender and sexual identities. Building equity into urban life requires long-term vision and a strategic - often radical - approach to the design process. We do not seek quick-fix design solutions, but rather seek to offer insights and create moments that contribute towards a larger movement for change.
Academic research View
Keep Running is a call to action for communities to develop an understanding of safety and risk in our city and an opportunity for audiences to consider their own lived experience and/or to develop understanding and empathy.
Deferring to more lights and brighter cities does not create safer spaces for women and girls. Lighting design is vital for gender-sensitive cities.
Graduate research View
Candidates undertaking Monash University’s Graduate research degrees are challenged to apply new thinking to interpret – and solve – complex questions. Within the XYX Lab, investigations are currently underway on a range of issues in feminist and queer theory.
Graduate research opportunities View
The XYX Lab is seeking proposals that examine the confluence of factors that contribute to gendered experiences of the night-time economy – both in spatial design and visual communication design – and the role they play as a cultural and social practice that can contribute to challenging power relations within cities, and consequently to women’s feelings of safety within them.
The XYX Lab seeks PhD proposal across the broad theme of 'Women and Housing' with the aim to expand the understanding of spaces for women, by women and the significance of gender in designing for women. The PhD proposal will focus on the crisis of accommodation for women in Australia and the scale of domestic abuse faced by women, and well as broad issues of women's safety and security.
Geolocative mapping has become a useful way to create and share content, and to shed light on hidden experiences in cities. While digital technologies are implicated in public surveillance, there are opportunities to use social media to shape the everyday practices of urban life. The capacity for geolocative to be deployed as a valid design research method has been underestimated. A strong PhD proposal will advance knowledge of the social inequity of women, gender-diverse and/or other marginalised groups using innovative methods.
Urban designers, architects and planners have key roles in making safe and inclusive places, with urban safety guidelines and crime prevention tactics foundational to safe environments. The XYX Lab are looking for projects that reduce the risks of spatial inequality in communities.
30 Aug 2018, 4.30–5.30pm
MUMA, Ground Floor Building F
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