This collection of essays addresses and defines the state of contemporary theories and practices of space: it is concerned with the growing importance of technology and communications, the effects of globalization and the change of social demands. Within the current urban and geopolitical contexts, it addresses the emergence of new social and political theories that raise questions of identity and difference in modern society. The book reiterates feminist concerns with space from the critical stance of the new millennium.
With contributions from the leading theorists and thinkers from around the world representing the fields of architecture, art, philosophy and gender studies, this book has a truly international and interdisciplinary reach.
Table of Contents
Foreword: From Alterities and beyond 1. Altering practices Doina Petrescu 2. Taking Place and altering it Teresa Hoskyns, Doina Petrescu and other mixed voices 3. Evaluating Matrix: notes from inside the collective Julia Dwyer and Anne Thorne 4. An invisible privilege muf 5. How to take place (but only for so long) Jane Rendell 6. Building while being in it: notes on drawing 'otherhow’ Katie Lloyd Thomas 7. Stray Sods: Eight dispositions on ‘the feminine’, space and writing Brigid McLeer 8. Micro-strategies of resistance Helen Stratford 9. Altering events in architecture Anne Querrien 10. Urban curating: a critical practice towards greater ‘connectedness’ Meike Shalk 11. Open kitchen or 'cookery architecture' Kim Trogal 12. Stages in the contruction of the Cite des Femmes in Dakar Women of REFDAF 13. Building Clouds, drifting walls Ruth Morrow 14. Urban traces: civic performance art and memory in public space Ilana Salama Ortar 15. Sex and Space: space / gender / economy Marion von Osten 16. Refiguring dis/embodiments Niran Abbas 17. Stabat Mater: on standing in for matter Francesca Hughes 18. The unbearable being of lightness Jennifer Bloomer 19. Learning and building in the feminine Sadie Plant
Doina Petrescu is lecturer in architecture at the University of Sheffield. She has written, lectured and practised individually and collectively on issues of gender, technology, (geo)politics and poetics of space. She is co-editor of Architecture and Participation (London: Routledge, 2005).
'Engaging and informative for anyone interested in the topics of feminist architecture, the social production space, and the processes of place-making.' – Cities
'An interdisciplinary discourse on an important topic, the book will encourage readers to move beyond their scope of interest and delve into the perspective of others.' – Cities