PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, and Sessional Academic
B.Des Architectural Studies (Hons1) QUT 2013, M.Arch QUT 2014
Anna is a PhD candidate, research assistant, and sessional tutor with the Urban Informatics Research Lab. Through her work, she is also affiliated with the QUT Design Lab. She has been involved with several research projects (eg The InstaBooth, HCI After Dark) since graduating from the Master of Architecture at the School of Design at QUT at the end of 2014. Anna’s research is interdisciplinary with a focus on territoriality and movement in urban space. She is driven by a curiosity of the uniquely imperfect and temporal found in interstitial urban space. Anna is supervised by Dr Mirko Guaralda and Dr Jaz Choi.
Safely Dangerous or Dangerously Safe: Naviating Brisbane’s Transient Urban Places
Anna’s doctoral study explores the character of transient urban place and how navigation of such places influence pedestrians’ alertness and engagement. As urbanisation dramatically increase demand for a limited urban space-resource, conflict within urban space is inevitable. Design of urban place hence often focuses on safety. The responding design strategies are often based on notions of providing territorial agency over physical space to users and uses that are socially perceived to be legitimate. Whilst effective, this poses an issue of social fracture as privileging particular individual or group’s territorial agency over another is conducive to creating conflicts among people and pose a threat of danger within dynamic urban environments. This space of conflict and the strategies used by pedestrians to remain safe when navigating therein, is the focus of this research. The term transient urban place is used in this study to refer to these urban spaces, in which a patchwork of territories share borders and leave corridors of continuous movement in the border zone between the territories. Navigation of this space requires well-developed movement strategies led by attentive perception to environmental cues, which indicate dangerous or safe routes of passage.