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Thursday, October 15 • 3:25pm - 4:55pm
Whose City Is it Anyway? Gender, Violence, and Public Space LIMITED

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In the United States, 85% of women report being sexually harassed on the street before the age of 18. Street harassment caused 70% of women to change their commute or avoid certain areas or neighborhoods. Harassment and sexual violence is an every-day threat for women, even more so for women of color and members of the LGBTQ community. What is street harassment? What is gendered space anyways? What can designers do to address safety concerns of victims? This seminar discusses how street harassment affects use of and access to public space, discusses engagement techniques that designers and urban planners can use to understand and address theses issues in their community, and discusses examples of cities and projects that have tackled un-gendering public space through design.

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Vanessa Smith-Torres

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple / Hollaback! New Orleans
Vanessa is and New Orleans architect and activist. She is the Site Director and Co-Funder of Hollaback! New Orleans. Hollaback! is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. Sites work together to better understand street harassment... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2015 3:25pm - 4:55pm
01 - Rhythms Sheraton Hotel