The topic of the first issue in 2016 is architecture and city planning in relation to the specific needs of women and men. Their reflections can facilitate the creation of liberated public spaces. However, we won’t be dealing with large-scale urban planning interventions into urban landscape without relation to everydayness. We are showing small changes with great impact and presenting approaches that lead to the creation of environments pleasant for different users with differing demands. How is it possible to make movement around the city easier for someone who is a caregiver and has another occupation? How is it possible to design a park which can be used by all ages, genders, and social groups?
We are not just concerned with the liberation of a city's physical space, but also with public decision-making and the professional spheres of architecture and planning. There are currently less women in these and their valuable experiences and ideas can’t be properly heard. The question is how to achieve their greater representation in leading positions and in architectonic competitions, and also if these often hierarchical structures, based on meritocracy, are attractive at all? Do they offer enough opportunities for women and men to harmonize their family and professional lives?
In the history of the feminist movement we can find a lot of inspiration for the transformation of classic institutional models. It is also manifested in the structure and orientation of some women's professional organizations for architecture and urbanism. Their principles are based on team cooperation rather than on hierarchization and authorities, they prefer empowerment to power, interdisciplinarity to specific disciplines, critical theory to the heroic history of art, and the social benefits of architecture to purity of style. A city is a place of transformation and flexibility of forms, and the accompanying policy of caregiving relates to physical as well as spatial manifestations. These aspects allow us to reflect differently on the lives of women and men of various ages and social status.Send e-mail back »
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