Three Strolls Through the CBD

Three Strolls Through the CBD Three strolls taken during May, 2016. Illustrated by Clare McCracken. Exhibited at the 3 O'Clock Gallery, Melbourne. Supported by Plan International.
Three Strolls Through the CBD
Three strolls taken during May, 2016. Illustrated by Clare McCracken. Exhibited at the 3 O’Clock Gallery, Melbourne. Supported by Plan International.

In the introduction to A Room of One’s Own, writer Virginia Woolf describes in detail an afternoon where she used the act of walking through public space as a way of working through complex ideas. Just as she finds herself on the precipice of a discovery she is interrupted by a gardener who rushes forward to point out that, in her absentmindedness, she had strolled from the path onto a section of grass set aside for male academics. Most cities tend not to officially or legally regulate and restrict the mobility of women; however, as Plan International Australia’s recent survey highlights (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-12/nearly-a-third-of-young-women-dont-feel-safe-in-public-places/7405434) – women continue to restrict their own movement through public space due to perceptions of safety. Three Strolls Through the CBD maps the diverse usage and interaction of women within Melbourne’s CBD during three slow walks down La Trobe Street, Little Collins Street and Hosier Lane. The map documents both the presence of women in the city, and their incredibly diverse usage of its public spaces as a way of offering an insight into how we may design cities with the uses of women in mind.

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