2024 NZPI CONFERENCE PRESENTATION
SESSION: Thursday 21st March, 3:40pm - 4:10pm
PRESENTED BY: Julia Kingham
The queer right to the heteronormative city is underexplored in urban planning and design discourse. Literature and policy concerning queering public space in Taipei, Taiwan, is limited. This queer research gap provides a basis to analyse the challenges and opportunities to planning and designing inclusive-queer public spaces. Through in-depth interviews, this Case Study examines how LGBTQ+ individuals perceive and experience public space to determine what inclusive-queer public spaces look like in Taipei City. By privileging the queer voice, the study highlights the value of diverse perspectives from overlapping and fluid identities across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The study found that inclusive-queer public spaces are sites for queer intimacy, comfort and safety. The research also discovered that public spaces are sites of discomfort, fear, avoidance, discrimination and harassment for LGBTQ+ individuals. These findings suggest that urban planners and designers can play a role in creating queer-friendly cities by acknowledging issues raised by the LGBTQ+ community, such as the need for gender-neutral restrooms, as opportunities for change.
Julia Kingham recently graduated with Distinction from Massey University with a Master of Resource and Environmental Planning following a degree in Spatial Design and Graduate Diploma in Development Studies. With experience spanning six countries, the New Zealander, pursues fresh and challenging paths by upholding their passion for researching, planning and designing for inclusive urban public spaces with a commitment to equity and sustainability.