June 12, 2019

Led and developed by public space researcher Cara Chellew, Mapping DefensiveTO is the first of its kind to systematically map defensive urban design in Toronto’s public parks, squares, and privately owned, publicly accessible spaces (POPS).


The goal of the project is t...

March 17, 2019

How does urban design shape how we experience the city? While some features are meant to guide us, provide accessibility or keep us safe, others are meant to exclude....

This talk was presented at TEDxTartu at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu, Estonia on November 3...

December 11, 2018

All around us, urban design shapes how we experience the city. It sets the stage for our everyday lives, from the large scale designs of city blocks to the human scale of a neighbourhood park. It's at the human scale where the placement, quality, and accessibility of p...

February 19, 2018

Next time you're in a public space take a look around and consider, who were your surroundings designed for? Cara Chellew discusses her new project  #defensiveTO and the design strategy, defensive urban design on CBC Radio's Here and Now with Gill Deacon.

This interview...

January 25, 2018

Cara Chellew talks about accessibility and defensive urban design on AMI-audio's radio show, Kelly & Co. Originally aired December 19, 2016.

May 15, 2017

What is defensive urban design? How does it restrict certain behaviours in public space? Jane's Walk: Defensive TO investigated these questions and more during the morning of Sunday May 7, 2017. Participants were guided through a walk route that began in the heart of T...

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