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How is the design field responding to gender matters?

THE PLAN Journal takes another look at Gender Matters

How is the design field responding to gender matters?
By Editorial Staff -

We are presenting some recent research from The Plan Journal’s theme on Gender Matters.

In the first contribution “Making Room and Occupying Space. Women Conquering and Designing Urban Spaces,” the authors Chiara Belingardi and Claudio Mattogno explain that “women have always been strongly involved in creating environment and living spaces, even without initially being designers as the university became accessible to them very late. However, they were always strong involved in creating a healthy environment, and contributing to welfare state, where health and social equipment was a gender response to a modern life.” In the book review “A New ‘Book of the City of Ladies’,” the authors Dörte Kuhlmann, Guest-Editor and Alexia Bumbaris found the work “eminently suited for teaching in various academic fields from history to architecture, due to the compelling combination of introductory texts and preselected and contextualized segments of source material.” In the article “The [email protected] as an Ongoing Feminist Research Project in Architecture: Contextualizing Initial Reflections,” the author Patricia Santos Pedrosa explains that “in Portugal, the participation of female architects in the development of the profession – in the broad sense of the word: project, research, education, criticism, and policy – is far from having been identified, problematized, and disseminated.”

Finally, we learn from the recently released book Women Design (2021).

>>We encourage you to browse The Plan Journal and explore for yourself.

 

Designing Women

In the essay “Making Room and Occupying Space. Women Conquering and Designing Urban Spaces,” the authors Chiara Belingardi and Claudio Mattogno highlight contributions of women who have built social and physical spaces. The authors describe how such a project has made:

available fourteen rooms, which have served as temporary housing solutions for women and children who have chosen to escape from situations of domestic violence, in more than ten years’ time Lucha y Siesta has carried forward a variety of activities: an anti-violence service and listening desk; prevention campaigns and cultural activities; women’s empowerment services and job orienteering; a psychological, legal, and family help-desk. 

 Chiara Belingardi and Claudio Mattogno, An assembly at the Casa delle Donne “Lucha y Siesta” (Rome, May 2018). Photo by © Federica Castelli.Chiara Belingardi and Claudio Mattogno, An assembly at the Casa delle Donne “Lucha y Siesta” (Rome, May 2018). Photo by © Federica Castelli.

Belingardi and Mattogno continue to explain:

“...the women’s house has opened this space up to the neighborhood by hosting a library, a tailor, by organizing free cultural initiatives (e.g., a film club, debates, parties, book presentations, etc.), language classes, sport and wellness activities, creative and artistic workshops, and a choir. There is much space for the development of relationships, listening, and sisterhood. All these activities improve the possibilities of women to become protagonists and to be more self-confident.”

>> The abstract is available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 4/2019, no. 2 (in English)

In the book review “A New ‘Book of the City of Ladies’,” the authors Dörte Kuhlmann, Guest-Editor and Alexia Bumbaris state that both volumes [pictured below] are strongly recommended for everyone dealing with architecture and city planning, as they provide unfamiliar original resources, profound background information as well as new inspiration for practitioners and researchers.”

Kuhlmann and Bumbaris continue: 

“The editors’ laborious work did pay off: the volumes of Theoretikerinnen des Städtebaus fill serious lacunae in existing research and are a welcome addition to the corpus of interdisciplinary literature on gender, architecture, and urban planning.” 

>> The book review is available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 4/2019, no. 2 (in English)

In the article “The [email protected] as an Ongoing Feminist Research Project in Architecture: Contextualizing Initial Reflections,” the author Patricia Santos Pedrosa explains:

“The research project W@ARCH.PT (Women Architects in Portugal: Building Visibility, 1942-1986) strives to give visibility to female architects – revealing “who?”, “when?”, and “how?” – and contribute to expanding the history of Portuguese architecture, as well as developing feminist studies and ideas within the discipline.” 

 Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, Cities and Gender Summer School: Perspectives and Strategies’ poster. Poster by Margarida Ornelas, 2019.Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, Cities and Gender Summer School: Perspectives and Strategies’ poster. Poster by Margarida Ornelas, 2019.

Pedrosa concludes:

“Only by understanding the mechanisms at play, by looking at the institutions and individual bodies/voices can we build a historical and theoretical analysis capable of acting on the reproduction of various forms of oppression.”

>> The abstract is available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 4/2019, no. 2 (in English)

  

Women Design

Women Design (2021) is a beautifully illustrated text that describes the amazing lives and accomplishments of twenty-one artists and architects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The author Libby Sellers creatively captures how these extremely talented individuals have contributed to the design fields.

Women Design

Print length: 176 pages
Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.75 x 9.6 inches
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: December 7, 2021
ISBN-10: 0711267405
ISBN-13: 978-0711267404

To learn more, check out: "Women Design : Pioneers from the twentieth century to today"

 

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