Contentious Cities offers unique interdisciplinary approaches to understanding gendered spatial equity in the urban environment. Positioning design as a central component in how cities produce, construct, represent and materialise gendered spatial practices, it brings together practice and theory to critique, question and enable solutions that challenge the root causes of gender inequalities in cities. Through a rich array of case-studies, practice-led interventions, and historical and theoretical perspectives, it examines important issues that affect the ways in which women, and people of diverse gender and sexual identities experience and participate in cities. Thematically organised, it considers problems of street-harassment, heterosexualisation and equity in access and mobility, together with modes of segregation, isolation and discrimination, as well as processes of resistance, intervention and agency.
Grounded in feminist and queer methods of analysis, the book offers new insights regarding the representation of cities, the lived experience of cities, and how design-tactics and approaches might affect the ways cities shape and regulate how women and people of diverse gender and sexual identity inhabit, occupy and move through the city. An examination of the ways in which design might shift toward safer and more inclusive cities, Contentious Cities will appeal to scholars of sociology, gender studies and urban studies, as well as those working in the fields of urban planning and design.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Contentious Cities
Jess Berry with Timothy Moore, Nicole Kalms, and Gene Bawden
2. Colonial Imaginaries Reimagined
Gene Bawden and Brian Martin
Preface: Indigenous Ways of Knowing – Brian Martin
Visual Essay: 01 Collaboration in Action
Part One: Sex on the Streets
3. Introduction: Sex on the Streets
4. Embodied Geographies: Navigating Street Harassment
5. Pornographication and Heterosexualisation in Public Space
Meagan Tyler and Maddy Coy
6. (In)visible Sites of the Sex Industry: Massage Parlours and the Construction of Space
7. Gender Transport Inequalities in Malaysia and Pakistan: Barriers to Female Mobility
Yong Adilah Shamsul Harumain, Deana McDonagh, Andree Woodcock, Nikmatul Adha Nordin and Komal Faiz
8. A Glitch in the System: Deconstructing JC Decaux: Decoding Suit Supply
Gabriel A. Maher and Roberto Perez Gayo
9. Lived Experience: Participatory Practices for Gender Sensitive Places and Spaces
Nicole Kalms and Gene Bawden
Visual Essay: 02 Write Now
Part Two: Histories of the Gendered City
10. Introduction: Histories of the Gendered City
11. The Non-Sexist City: Then and Now
12. Catwalking the City: The Pleasure and Politics of Fashioning the Metropolis
13. Butch on the Streets: The Butch Flâneur and the Queering of the City
Amy Tooth Murphy
14. Queering Tactics: Two Case Studies in Oakland, California
Stahis G. Yeros
Visual Essay: 03 The [Un]built
Part Three: The Trouble with Queer Spaces
15. Introduction: The Trouble with Queer Spaces
16. Queering Architecture: Simona Castricum and Timothy Moore in Conversation
Timothy Moore and Simona Castricum
17. Beyond Design Education: Queering Pedagogies of Space
18. Beyond Queer Solidarity in Hong Kong: Migrant Domestic Workers and Trans Spaces
Marz Saludez Balaoro and Merve Bedir
19. Negotiating Gender Diverse Realities Built on Binary Expectations: Public Toilets in Britain
Visual Essay: 04 Co-Design Cover
Glossary of Contention
Jess Berry is senior lecture in Design History and Theory at Monash University, Australia and the author of House of Fashion: Haute Couture and the Modern Interior.
Timothy Moore is a lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, Australia.
Nicole Kalms is the founding director at XYX Lab and associate professor in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, Australia. She is the author of Hypersexual City.
Gene Bawden is a communication designer, Co-director of XYX Lab and head of Design at Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Comfort and Judgement: Nineteenth Century Advice Manuals and the Scripting of Australian Identity.