What does a feminist city look like?
Amidst a rise in discussions around feminism and gender in the UK, this event will explore the potential impact of feminist urbanism. The inter-disciplinary panel will consider what a feminist city would actually look like - from policy through community engagement to design and construction – as well as the current hurdles that stand in the way of significant change. The event will provide an opportunity for disciplines working in silo to discuss the common goal of a fair and feminist city.
Kirsty Watt – Kirsty works at GRAS, a progressive Scottish design studio. With a background in Architecture and Urban Planning, she will chair this event as part of her ongoing research into Feminist Urbanism, with a main focus on the translation of intersectional feminist ideals within the built environment, and the role that architecture and communities play in the creation of a fairer society and safer streetscape. Her research updates are on kirstywatt.com
In The Making – A group of designers and makers who met at Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture, In The Making investigates and documents self-build and co-design that empowers local communities. More can be seen on their latest project MAKE Big Noise on their website or their Instagram page @weare_inthemaking
Engender – Engender is a Scottish feminist organisation that have worked for over 25 years to advance equality between women and men, including in housing, and violence against women. They have been heavily involved in the reforming of the planning system in Scotland. Their work is on https://www.engender.org.uk/ including links to their feminist policy podcast On The Engender.
East End Women's Museum – Architects at Manalo & White, Aoibhin and Lauren are assembling an all-women team to build their latest project, the East End Women's Museum. Updates on their project can be found on Instagram @womens_buildings and @manaloandwhite
Deborah Broomfield – Deborah is a PhD student at Leeds Beckett University, as part of a Women in Planning research collective. Her research and activism focus on feminist participatory methods that overcome austerity in planning. She can be found on Twitter @DebsBroomfield.