Calling all female city-makers to reSITE 2019 REGENERATE

reSITE aims to do its part in elevating female voices as an opportunity to achieve social balance in architecture and design. By bringing together all different backgrounds we can create provocative conversations around the regeneration of cities that reflect the needs of everyone.

The existing gender imbalance in architecture and design is reflected in conferences or events. reSITE is the exception.
Martin Barry, reSITE Founder

Since its genesis in 2012, reSITE has always invited and attracted outstanding women, both on the stage and in the audience. Our ambition is to continue our work while fostering the gender balance in the architecture and design professions, as well as city making to correct the ratio of female voices in urban design disciplines and municipal decision making.

“When reSITE organizes an event, gender and race balance is a central determinant of whom we invite to speak and whom we invite to participate. Our goal is to achieve gender balance, or do better than that in every single one. Gender balance is a relatively personal discussion for me. For my first job in architecture, I chose to work for Barbara Wilks, a pioneering architect and landscape architect who is one of the few practicing professionals who is a fellow of both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Wilks is still a mentor for me and perhaps did the most of anyone to shape my career and path." Martin Barry, Founder of reSITE

#WomenMakeCities at reSITE 2019

We are working on improving the global systematic equality problems by encouraging more women to attend our events. This issue transcends architecture. Women representation at leadership levels in the workforce is weak. In Europe, female architects make up about 30% of the workforce; 27% in the United States. Far less, around 8%, are recognized by the AIA at the highest level as fellow - meaning that their work has not been recognized for excellence.

Traditionally, it has been decided upon what to play, how to deal with it, in dark rooms, by old men, in dark suits. And it needs to change, that definitely needs to change
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Snøhetta

reSITE encourages female designers, architects and women in cities leadership to attend the annual conference reSITE 2019 REGENERATE focused on regeneration in cities. reSITE is proud to present McMansion Hell founder, Kate Wagner and architect Jee Liu as well as Bianca Wylie, and Anni Sinnemäki amongst the first announced guests to speak at the event.

A special promotion “Women in Design” has been introduced offering a 70% discount from the standard registration fee to all women working in design, architecture, cities leadership and administration (bringing the price to €75).

We, at reSITE, hope by doing our part we can inspire a growing generation of females architects, designers, city makers, entrepreneurs and beyond.

reSITE Talks from Female Voices


Landscape is Everything Around You with Kathryn Gustafson

Kathryn Gustafson is a landscape architect and co-founded the landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman, based in London. Gustafson’s projects include Gardens of the Imagination in Terrasson, France, Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London.

Caroline Bos | reSITE Small Talks

We spoke with Caroline Bos at DOX, Prague's Center for Contemporary Art, about her perception of the architectural profession.

Immigration and Decentralizing Cities with Saskia Sassen

World renowned urban sociologist and professor at Columbia University in New York, Saskia Sassen explains how city size and openness play a role in cosmopolitan cultural development. She highlights the stark contrast between smaller and larger cities and their abilities to accommodate the influx of not only migrants but also the “thick” local cultures which influence overall quality of life.

Janette Sadik-Khan | Making New York City Sustainable

Keynote lecture by Janette Sadik-Khan, former Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, The City of New York, at reSITE 2012 conference.

How to Design Future-Proof Cities?

Caroline Bos, a Dutch urban planner and the co-founder of Amsterdam-based architectural design network UNStudio, explains about designing resilient cities.

Kathryn Gustafson on The Art of Landscape Architecture

Co-founder of landscape architecture studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Kathryn Gustafson embodies the role of artistry through landscape architecture. Noting that art is often a reflection of the artists’ contemporary moment, Gustafson seeks to channel art through landscape design as a reflection of the world around.

Balance Between Public + Private Space with Mimi Hoang

Mimi Hoang talks about architecture, cities, public space, private space, affordable housing, apartments, interior design and layout.

City Is an Extraordinary Animal

“A huge development project with high-densities is not yet a city. City is an extraordinary animal.” - Saskia Sassen

Illuminating Cities After Dark with Leni Schwendinger | reSITE Small Talk

Leni Schwendinger discusses the 24-hour city, and the reality of an urbanism that utilizes nighttime hours. Through lighting that makes public spaces both accessible and emit a sense of security, the potential for activities in the urban to span throughout the night can become a reality for a wider portion of the population.

Copenhagen­izing Warsaw

Marlena Happach is the director for the Department of Architecture and Planning for the city of Warsaw.

Vienna Makes Peace With Its Waste

"In/visible city? That’s my point!” says Martina Ableidinger at the reSITE 2017: In/visible City conference.

How We Gave Back Mariahilfer Straße to Pedestrians

Mascha Onderwater from Amsterdam-based Bureau B+B on the transformation of Vienna's main shopping street, the Mariahilfer Straße into a pedestrian zone.

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The Women Shaping Cities: Who to Follow, What to Read, Watch and Listen to

On the occasion of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’ve compiled a selection of sources what to read, watch, listen to, or follow to amplify the female voices acting to improve the built environment.

Women REGENERATE Cities at reSITE 2019

reSITE encourages women across disciplines of design, architecture, city leadership to attend the annual conference reSITE 2019 REGENERATE focused on urban regeneration.

Calling all female city-makers to reSITE 2019 REGENERATE

reSITE aims to do its part in elevating female voices as an opportunity to achieve social balance in architecture and design. By bringing together all different backgrounds we can create provocative conversations around the regeneration of cities that reflect the needs of everyone.

Human-Centered Smart Cities with Marianthi Tatari

Associate Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio, Marianthi Tatari, dissects different aspects of city-making that threaten the quality of life such as mono-functional spaces and commoditized smart cities and how to approach designing them with optimism. Photo courtesy of UNStudio

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Michael Kimmelman | reSITE Small Talks

Kimmelman talks about his current research, writing and thoughts about sustainability and the urban condition in Prague.

"Boom towns are immigration towns." Michael Kimmelman

Special lecture by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times.

City Is an Extraordinary Animal

“A huge development project with high-densities is not yet a city. City is an extraordinary animal.” - Saskia Sassen

A Game as an Urban Design Tool: Play the City

"We believe that games can help make better cities." - Ekim Tan

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