Set against the background of a ‘general crisis’ that is environmental, political and social, this book examines a series of specific intersections between architecture and feminisms, understood in the plural. The collected essays and projects that make up the book follow transversal trajectories that criss-cross between ecologies, economies and technologies, exploring specific cases and positions in relation to the themes of the archive, control, work and milieu. This collective intellectual labour can be located amidst a worldwide depletion of material resources, a hollowing out of political power and the degradation of constructed and natural environments. Feminist positions suggest ways of ethically coping with a world that is becoming increasingly unstable and contested. The many voices gathered here are united by the task of putting critical concepts and feminist design tools to use in order to offer experimental approaches to the creation of a more habitable world. Drawing inspiration from the active archives of feminist precursors, existing and re-imagined, and by way of a re-engagement in the histories, theories and projected futures of critical feminist projects, the book presents a collection of twenty-three essays and eight projects, with the aim of taking stock of our current condition and re-engaging in our precarious environment-worlds.
Table of Contents
Introduction Hélène Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson, Helen Runting Part 1: Archive 1. Feminist Theory and Praxis, 1991 - 2003: Questions from the archive Karin Burns Project 1. Searching for Cyborgs Shelby Doyle and Leslie Forehand 2. The role played by women linked to the CIAM: the case of Frieda Fluck, 1897-1974 Rixt Hoekstra 3. A Feminist in Disguise? Sibyl Moholy-Nagy’s Histories of Architecture and its Environment Hilde Heynen Project 2. Overpainting that Jostles Sophie Read and Tijana Stevanović 4. The Architect as Shopper: Women, electricity, building products and the interwar ‘proprietary turn’ in the UK Katie Lloyd Thomas 5. Between Landscape and Confinement: Situating the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft Emma Cheatle Part 2: Control 6. Remodelling the Führer: Hitler’s Domestic Spaces as Propaganda Despina Stratigakos 7. Architectural Preservation as Taxidermy: Patriarchy and Boredom Christian Parreno Project 3. A Cortege of Ghostly Bodies: Abstraction, prothesis, and the logic of the mannequin Daniel Koch 8. Subaltern Bodies in the Digital Urban Imaginary Alison Brunn 9. Digital Technology and the Safety of Women and Girls in Urban Space: Personal safety Apps or crowd-sourced activism tools? Nicole Kalms 10. Machinic Architectural Ecologies: An uncertain ground Janet McGaw Project 4. Gender and Anonymous Peer Review Sandra Kaji-O’Grady 11. In Captivity: The Real Estate of Co-Living Hélène Frichot and Helen Runting Part 3: Milieu 12. Material and Rational Feminisms: A contribution to humane architectures Peg Rawes and Douglas Spencer Project 5. Slow Watch: A Sci-Fi novel about the ecology of time in the society of fear Malin Zimm 13. Academic Capitalism in Architecture Schools: A feminist critique of employability, 24/7 work and entrepreneurship Igea Troiani 14. Environmentalising Humanitarian Governance in Za’atri Refugee Camp through Interactive Spaces: A posthuman approach Aya Musmar 15. Feminisms in Conflict: ‘Feminist urban planning’ in Husby, Sweden Maria Ärlemo 16. Abandoned Architectures: Some dirty narratives Karin Reisinger Project 6. Kisses and Romance: On Infrastructural Love Olga Tengvall and Hannes Frykolm 17. Diverse Economies, Ecologies and Practices of Urban Commoning Doina Petrescu and Katherine Gibson Part 4: Work 18. Reproductive Commons From and Beyond the Kitchen Julia Wieger Project 7. The Kitchen of Praxagora: Turning the private and public inside out Elin Strand Ruin 19. The Critical Potential of Housework Catharina Gabrielsson 20. The Garage: Maintenance and gender Janek Oźmin Project 8. Drawing Out Home-Making: Contested markets in Cape Town Huda Tayob 21. Invisibility Work? How starting from dis/ability challenges normative social, spatial and material practices Jos Boys 22. On the Critiques: Abortion Clinics Lori Brown 23. The Entrepreneurial Self Claudia Dutson
Hélène Frichot is an Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institue of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, where she is the director of Critical Studies in Architecture. Her research examines the transdisciplinary field between architecture and philosophy; while her first discipline is architecture, she holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney (2004). Recent publications include: co-editor with Catharina Gabrielsson, Jonathan Metzger, Deleuze and the City (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); co-editor with Elizabeth Grierson and Harriet Edquist, De-Signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice (Lexington Books, 2015).
Catharina Gabrielsson is Docent in Architecture and an Associate Professor in Urban Theory at the School of Architecture KTH, Stockholm. Her research employs writing as a means for exploration, bridging across aesthetics, politics and economics and combining fieldwork operations with archival studies to generate material for conceptual analysis. With Hélène Frichot and Jonathan Metzger, she is editor of Deleuze and the City (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), guest co-editor, with Helena Mattsson, of 'Architecture and Capitalism: Solids and Flows' (Architecture and Culture 5:2, 2017) and, with Helena Mattsson and Kenny Cupers, editor of the forthcoming volume Neoliberalism: An Architectural History (University of Pittsburgh Press). She is the director of the doctoral programme Art, Technology and Design.
Helen Runting is an urban planner (B.UPD; University of Melbourne) and urban designer (PG.Dip UD, University of Melbourne; MSc.UPD, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm), and a PhD candidate within Critical Studies in Architecture at KTH. Her research is situated within the field of architectural theory and addresses the images, politics, property relations, and aesthetics of the "unbuilt environment" of Sweden’s architectural present. Helen is a founding member of the architecture collective Svensk Standard (2008–), and the architectural practice Secretary (2017–).