Urbanism and inclusive cities
Architecture’s contribution to diverse urban landscape
Great cities - what makes them work
Impact of feminism on urban design
Sexual harassment in Australian public transport
Nicole is the founding Director of Monash University’s XYX Lab which leads national research in urban space and gender. As director, Dr Kalms is investigating significant research projects which examine sexual violence in urban space. She is currently working on several major research projects with the aim of providing authorities with information that can enable a change to the way urban areas are planned and designed.
Part of XYX Lab’s work is to give a voice to women and girls – an objective at the heart of its approach to co-design. This encourages women to contribute to re-designing areas of Melbourne where they feel unsafe.
“Women and girls must be involved in designing and planning the city so that urban spaces and public infrastructure incorporate their perspective,” says Nicole.
Nicole Kalms's Articles
Creating safer public spaces for females
It's not just empty laneways and dark corners where girls and women feel threatened.
Safe in a city of light?
Very bright and overlit city spaces do not always translate to young women feeling safe in urban spaces, new research shows.
Crowd-mapping gender inequality in the city
Uncovering real experiences of gender in public places, from sports facilities to public transport, community services and infrastructure, to simply walking down the street.
How to make our cities safer for women
Australia has guidelines for designing safe parks, but the stories of many women show these are not enough. We must involve women in co-designing these shared public spaces.
How the new Pride building got its groove
Bringing together key members of the LGBTIQ community was critical to discovering what they wanted the Pride Centre to be and helped guide its design principle.