PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.
Social impact

How can the built environment professions contribute to creating a more equitable, inclusive and just community? What is potential for the social impact, and how can this be realised?

Housing Assembly

Housing Assembly

Sophie Dyring reflects on the recent symposium and what it offers for thinking about socially valuable housing in Australia.
The infinite value of Queerness in public space

The infinite value of Queerness in public space

Marti Fooks explores the intersections of safety, Queerness and public space.
Actions in solidarity with Afghanistan

Actions in solidarity with Afghanistan

Tahmina Maskinyar and Belqis Youssofzay outline five actions we can all take in solidarity with Afghanistan, with supporting references.
Hard work

Hard work

Older women are the fastest growing cohort of homeless people in Australia. Tania Davidge explores the gendered inequities creating this crisis and strategies for early intervention.
Supporting Afghanistan

Supporting Afghanistan

Watching the terrifying situation in Afghanistan, it can be hard to comprehend how we might help. Belqis Youssofzay provides a list of organisations working on the ground.
Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Can architecture make a difference to the experience of those seeking safety from violence in refuge accommodation? Samantha Donnelly explores the issues.
Re-imagining communication access in design

Re-imagining communication access in design

Ilianna Ginnis argues for recognition of individuals with non-verbal and diverse communication, and the need to incorporate appropriate engagement into the design process.
Welcoming Unruly Bodies

Welcoming Unruly Bodies

Watch Jos Boys explore how everyday social, spatial and material practices come to frame what is ‘normal’ and ‘ordinary’ and questions our assumptions about who gets valued.
Equity in Housing

Equity in Housing

How can practitioners and researchers help create more equitable built environments? Watch Samantha Donnelly and Sophie Dyring discuss their work in housing.
Equity in Transport

Equity in Transport

Nicole Kalms and Derlie Mateo-Babiano look at how practitioners and researchers can help create more equitable transport environments.
Dismantling injustice

Dismantling injustice

If we ask you to do one thing, it is to take some time to learn something about Australia’s history that you didn’t know before, and where possible from Indigenous voices.
10 lessons for designers working after disaster

10 lessons for designers working after disaster

Disaster recovery work is complex. Barnaby Bennett offers 10 tips based in his research and experience working with post-disaster and under-developed communities.
Making space for play

Making space for play

As higher densities continue to change urban communities, architect Natalia Krysiak turns her attention to the needs of our youngest citizens.
Reimagining a safer, more inclusive city

Reimagining a safer, more inclusive city

Monash University's XYX Lab workshop ideas for a safer, more welcoming Melbourne for women and girls
The architecture of choice: re-framing feminism

The architecture of choice: re-framing feminism

"... society needs feminist architects to identify the political implications of design and planning." Carla Corroto argues for a new function for feminism in architecture.
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