From physical and experiential interventions to the challenges of opening a conversation with a stranger, artists and designers address issues of safety and comfort in the spaces we share.

An artist introduces pedestrians to the city—without using sight

Taking participants on urban walks with eyes closed and other senses open | Carmen Papalia, Vancouver

Talking to each other, building trust

Addressing harassment and sexual assault | Jasmeen Patheja, Bangalore, India

Walk-through another’s experience

An architectural firm simulates the experience of a busy street | Marshall Moya Design, Washington, D.C.

Sculpture fills atrium to enhance security

In an area with 12,000 weekly visitors, public art was commissioned to bar potential terrorist threats | Larry Kirkland, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Artists use social media to build audience and provoke action

Artists raise their voices for justice on social media | Ferguson, Missouri