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Chapter 5:

Streets after dark: the experiences of women, girls and gender-diverse people

Gill Matthewson, Nicole Kalms, Jess Berry and Gene Bawden

This chapter examines streets as an often-problematic space for women and gender-diverse people because of gendered perceptions of safety. These perceptions profoundly impact the use of streets – especially at night – by women and gender-diverse people. The chapter uses the results of innovative crowd-sourced mapping surveys in Melbourne and Sydney to develop nuanced understandings of safety perceptions and appropriate responses, such as gender-sensitive lighting and awareness campaigns.

About Gill Matthewson

Gill Matthewson ’s research focus is on connecting research with making a real difference in the daily lives of women: for those using public space with her XYX Lab work and in the lives and careers of women in the built environment professions with the activist collective, Parlour.

About Nicole Kalms

Nicole Kalms is 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. Dr Kalms is author of Hypersexual City: The provocation of soft-core urbanism (Routledge 2017)

About Jess Berry

Jess Berry is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Monash University XYX Lab. Her research explores how gender identities are articulated and mediated through, and by, spatial practices. She is co-editor of Contentious Cities: Design and the gendered production of space (Routledge 2021) and author of Cinematic Style: Fashion, architecture and interior design on film (Bloomsbury 2022).

About Gene Bawden

Gene Bawden is Associate Professor and Head of Design at Monash University, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, and co-director of XYX Lab. As a team of researchers, the XYX Lab unites bespoke co-design processes with scholarly research with the aim of mitigating gender inequality in urban spaces.

All chapters

Part 1: The social life of everyday streets

Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner and Jane Clossick

Chapter 1: The agency of small things: indicators of ownership on the streets of Liverpool and Belfast

David Littlefield

Chapter 2: Rituals of O’Connell Street: commemoration, display and dissent

Kate Buckley

Chapter 3: Street life in medieval London

James Davis

Chapter 4: Who owns the street? The cases of Lange Reihe and Steindamm in Hamburg

Bedour Braker

Chapter 5: Streets after dark: the experiences of women, girls and gender-diverse people

Gill Matthewson, Nicole Kalms, Jess Berry and Gene Bawden

Chapter 6: A tourist catwalk: the pedestrianisation of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Lisbon

Manuel João Ramos

Chapter 7: The streets that were there are gone… but Sailortown’s stories remain

Agustina Martire and Aisling Madden

Part 2: The form and use of everyday streets

Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick and Agustina Martire

Chapter 8: Vicoli as forms of proximity: Naples’ Spanish Quarter

Orfina Fatigato

Chapter 9: Spatial-structural qualities of mixed-use main streets: two case studies from the Amsterdam metropolitan region

Birgit Hausleitner and Mae-Ling Stuyt

Chapter 10: Kiruna, lost and found: identity and memory in the streetspace of an Arctic town

Maria Luna Nobile

Chapter 11: Foundational economy and polycentricity in the five squares of the pedestrian zone of Favoritenstrasse, Vienna

Sigrid Kroismayr and Andreas Novy

Chapter 12: Reclaiming streets for people in urban India

Deepti Adlakha

Chapter 13: Investing in (post-Covid) street appeal

Matthew Carmona

Part 3: Localography

Jane Clossick, Birgit Hausleitner and Agustina Martire

Chapter 14: Learning from Castleblayney: conversation and action in a small Irish town

Miriam Delaney and Orla Murphy

Chapter 15: Co-drawing: a design methodology for collective action

Antje Steinmuller and Christopher Falliers

Chapter 16: An inventory of the street: case studies from Montréal

Carole Lévesque and Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

Chapter 17: A walk between disciplines: listening to the composition of Ormeau Road

Elen Flügge (text and recordings) and Timothy Waddell (drawings)

Chapter 18: Mapping everyday heritage practices: Tivoli Barber Shop on North Street

Anna Skoura

Chapter 19: Urban depth and social integration on super-diverse London high streets

Jane Clossick and Rebecca Smink

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