1st Edition

Contentious Cities Design and the Gendered Production of Space

Edited By Jess Berry, Timothy Moore, Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden Copyright 2021
    266 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Nicole Kalms

    4. Embodied Geographies: Navigating Street Harassment

    Bianca Fileborn

    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

    Tegan Larin

    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

    Gene Bawden

    11. The Non-Sexist City: Then and Now

    Justine Lloyd

    12. Catwalking the City: The Pleasure and Politics of Fashioning the Metropolis

    Jess Berry

    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

    Timothy Moore

    16. Queering Architecture: Simona Castricum and Timothy Moore in Conversation

    Timothy Moore and Simona Castricum

    17. Beyond Design Education: Queering Pedagogies of Space

    Olivier Vallerand

    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

    Lo Marshall

    Visual Essay: 04 Co-Design Cover

    Glossary of Contention


    Jess Berry is Senior Lecturer 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.