|Published online: April 4, 2014||$US5.00|
Gendering of space is a complex proposition: at times, its gendered attributes may be purposefully created, and at other times, space that was created in good (non-sexist) faith may be interpreted as having particular gender affiliations. This essay considers ways in which contemporary public spaces exhibit characteristics of gendering and examines how public participation in the architectural process can bring forth a paradigm shift that can potentially influence the essence and form of public places. Participatory design, as exercised by one or both genders, is a vehicle for the creation of better spaces and stronger communities that are egalitarian in nature, and it provides a healthy advantage in favour of physical and social sustainability. This essay establishes a footing on gendered space through relevant, late 20th century literature and significant case studies in a western setting, while examining theories of social identity, politics of human anatomy, space and gender, and their relation to contemporary architectural discourse.
|Keywords:||Human Environments, Space, Gender Participation|
Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 773.263KB)).
Adjuct Faculty, Department of Architecture, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus