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RE: Feminism: Creating designs that advocates social change

in Architecture+Design11 months ago (edited)

Gender equality has been a controversial topic of the social sciences since time immemorial. And Feminism, as a concept in architecture, is one way of providing fairness to the practice by leveling the playing field. In fact, the female hormone "Oestrogen" is also present in men, while "Testosterone" is similarly found in women. All human beings have a shared characteristic. So, why should we discriminate by stereotyping people? Being open to different creative expressions in design is the key to progress.

To illustrate, take the late architect Zaha Hadid. She had huge opposition from her male counterparts early in her career because she was a woman practicing a profession dominated by men. It was an uphill climb for her yet, with perseverance, she became the first woman to achieve the Pritzker Prize, the highest award and honor for architects, and became a global celebrity. She also transformed the architectural community with her state-of-the-art concept called Parametricism. If you've noticed this style, there are lots of distinctive curves that demonstrate the female form.

Many thanks, @juecoree for this awesome post! This is clearly a wake-up call.


When I was indulging in my readings on feminism, design and architecture, I often encounter late architect Zaha Hadid in the text. She is indeed one of a kind architect that her designs transcend beyond the norms. I think Feminism in architecture seems more than making the playing field equal, but it speaks volume to how architecture influences social change. Even unconventional Le Corbusier had dwell on feminism in one of his design.

Honestly, it was my first time hearing about Parametricism, but digging deeper to that I come to see it is a familiar way of design through algorithms to produce legant curves. Much like you have said, Parametricism has the distinctive curves of females.

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