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Video: Queering Public Space


How can we queer public spaces and what does it actually take? Can a particular kind of lighting, or adding fountains and sculptures, make a space more queer-friendly? What role do the rooflines of buildings play in the way we experience a space? This video, collaboratively made by Arup and the University of Westminster, illumines the connections between personal and wider histories, commemoration, male gaze, queerness and public spaces. Queer academics, activists and design consultants talk about how the ephemeral commemoration of queer people in public spaces links with personal and wider histories, as well as how fountains, plaques, monuments, sculptures, lighting and other diverse elements play a role in making a space more inclusive, safe and comfortable for not only queer but all people.