Designing Safer Cities for Women and Girls

Event Name Designing Safer Cities for Women and Girls
Start Date 17 Jul 2019 1:00 pm
End Date 17 Jul 2019 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Dr Nicole Kalms, founding Director of the Monash University XYX Lab.

In this presentation, Dr Kalms will outline the geo-locative mapping projects being undertaken by the XYX Lab - Safer Cities and the Gender Equality Map. These design research projects explore how gender-sensitive approaches can positively shape design practices and policy in cities. Operating at the intersection of gender, identity, urban space, and advocacy, the data generated by the XYX Lab provides a clearer picture of gender inequity in public spaces. What becomes clear is that the avalanche of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls – and their subsequent perceptions of safety in urban places – requires urgent attention. Dr Kalms will discuss how the XYX Lab is challenging our preconceptions about how to design safer cities. She will outline how the innovative processes of speculative co-design are used in her practice to incentivize planners, policymakers, local government and stakeholders to engage with the diverse needs of underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.

About Dr Nicole Kalms

Associate Professor, Department of Design, and Founding Director, XYX Lab, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Nicole is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the Monash University XYX Lab which leads national and international research in Gender and Place. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading two significant research projects – ‘Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in Cites and Women’ and ‘Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Public Transport’. These projects are in partnerships with state, national and international stakeholders.

Nicole has a PhD in Architecture from Monash University. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from RMIT and practiced architecture for several years before undertaking a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at RMIT. She is currently a full-time member of Monash University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, where she is focused on cross-disciplinary teaching and research.