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Khensani de Klerk

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Cape Town, South Africa


This project focuses on the long-standing issue of Gender-based violence (GBV). It investigates its spatial dimensions by interrogating the relationship between public infrastructure and urban violence experienced by women of colour (WOC) in Cape Town CBD, South Africa. In the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic the binary between the public and the domestic realm has been reinforced. The concern lies in the projection that, so long as the situation of domestic reliance remains, domestic violence threatens the physical lives and mental well-being of women and children living with abusers. This study explores architectural approaches that rethink the status quo of violence maintained by public infrastructure, speculating on a reshaping of public life that encourages safety during and after such crises. I hope this process and its outputs can contribute to growing Womanist scholarship in South Africa.
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Khensani de Klerk

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krtd2@cam.ac.uk