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.
Deferring to more lights and brighter cities does not create safer spaces for women and girls. Lighting design is vital for gender-sensitive cities.
Candidates undertaking Monash University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.
Women’s safety in public space is very complex. Women’s perception of safety – as opposed to their risk of experiencing gendered violence or crime – very much determines how they interact with public space. This issue of perception makes measuring and evaluating women’s experiences difficult.
16 Jul 2020
Monash University Architecture staff shortlisted for international Beazley Designs of the Year Awards
Architectural researchers from Monash University have been shortlisted for the international Beazley Designs of the Year awards for their collaboration with Parlour on the WikiD: women, Wikipedia, design campaign, which aims to increase the representation of women in the built environment on Wikipedia.
17 Sep 2019
30 Aug 2018, 4.30–5.30pm
MUMA, Ground Floor Building F