If more women built cities…a very interesting article
After the need for more women coding, it looks we need more women planning our cities. Or at least, in a worrying parallel with the coding world, it looks that compared to 20, even 30 years ago, there are less and less women challenging “male” sectors like architecture, design, and, well, coding.
A very detailed articled issued from an extensive research by the author Susanna Rustin for the Guardian, tries to investigate gender issues in architecture and design in the past and current century.
Well, if you have ever board an Italian Espresso train, you certainly have no doubt that there IS a gender issue in designing public toilets, for example. Only someone who visits restrooms only in the standing position would design a toilet for a public train which is almost 1m in height…
Back to the article, here the two cases I’d pick up myself: the petition to reassign a joint Pritzker Prize to the architect Denise Scott Brown and to her husband and work partner Robert Venturi and not only to him (petition support by Venturi too, but rejected)
and the 100 years birth anniversary of the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, celebrated all over Italy and Brazil where she spent a long part of her life contributing to the dissemination of the international modernism and the breed of the Brazilian architects generation of Oscar Niemayer and Lucio Costa.
But overall, it’s the main question that remains: what if cities planning and urban design was more open to womens’ participation? What would the urban scape look like, and be lived?
many urbanists are worried by the ‘very, very male-dominated’ worlds of planning and construction.
states the article
I have no answer to the question “how would cities look like”, but it is certainly as issue of keeping a world like architecture – or coding, or any other sector of human life – open to diversity, different questions, approaches and solutions. And if it’s a world like urban design, that influences our lives so deeply, well, it’s worth to let the macho men barrier down a little bit, right?