Interlacing Architecture with Gender Studies

Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno

Excerpt from Perspectivas de género en la Arquitectura published by Abada Editores

In 2013, Ealasaid Munro published the article “Feminism: A Fourth Wave?” [1] in Political Insight. This text questioned whether we are living a new feminist wave: a fourth wave characterized by the diversity of purposes and by the Internet’s role in its proliferation and social acceptance. In the field of architecture, more and more often, professionals are questioning whether it is possible to talk about feminist architecture, whether the gender of the designer influences a design and whether gender is relevant to urban planning and design. This is a subject of some complexity that has been present in architectural culture for years but still generates a certain bewilderment in some architects as well as in university students, teachers and in society in general.

In Spain, and especially since the Law on Equality of 2007 came into force, research on the meaning and scope of equality has been encouraged in higher education centers. Especially in areas linked to the humanities and the social sciences, this issue has had a significant impact. Analyses from a gender perspective are common in studies related to history, literature, cinema, visual arts or social work, among others. In the field of architecture, however, perhaps because of its status as a technical discipline, the inclusion of the gender perspective has been somewhat slower in coming.

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[1] Ealasaid Munro, “Feminism: A Fourth Wave?” Political Insight, September 2013, 22-25.
[2] Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984), 55.
[3] Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno (ed.), Perspectivas de género en la Arquitectura (Madrid: Abada, 2018).
[4] These lectures took place in Zaragoza (Spain) in December 2017. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvhYd1V_cm4
[5] Audre Lorde, “Age, Race Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” in Sister Outsider (Berkeley: Crossing Press, 1984), 114-123.