Meeting: Dr Olga Camacho Duarte, 28th of August, 1pm, DAB level 6

21 Aug

Dear All,

Next week, Wednesday 28th of August at 1pm, the Urban Forum will hosts (with great pleasure!) Dr Olga Camacho Duarte. Olga is going to talk about urban design and crime prevention in the case of the public housing estates of Mt Druitt in Blacktown. Please come along and advertise this talk among your peers. See below for Olga’s bio and abstract. We will meet, as usual, in DAB post-graduate space, Room 638 on Level 6.

Mt Druitt underpasses project

In this presentation I will talk about the urban design projects that UTS students develop during the Winter School, a course run by the Designing Out Crime (DOC) research centre at the University of Technology, Sydney. Projects undertaken in this course address crime prevention from a holistic, designerly perspective that contrasts with traditional approaches such as crime prevention through environmental design. I will present in particular the proposed designs from a group of students that worked on the underpasses located in the public housing estates of Mt Druitt in collaboration with Blacktown Council and Housing NSW. These housing estates were built following the Radburn urban model which when applied to public housing resulted in a mismatch between the urban infrastructure and the needs of the residents of these estates.

About Olga

Olga graduated as an Architect from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2006 she was awarded her PhD in Management from the University of Western Sydney. Her thesis was an ethnographic study on spatial practice in public space in Latin American cities which included aspects of sense of security and perception of crime. She was a Teaching Fellow of Organisation Studies at the School of Management, UWS where she taught six different undergraduate subjects over ten semesters. More recently she worked as a Strategic Consultant with DEGW Asia Pacific and as a Research Project Officer with the Urban Research Centre, UWS. At URC she was a lead officer in two projects on social aspects of housing and homelessness.
Olga joined the Designing Out Crime as a Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2010. Her research agenda centres on social aspects of housing including: perception of crime, areas of disadvantage, crime prevention and the impact of design in addressing opportunistic crime in relation to low income housing.

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