reSITE to Rebalance Gender Inequality in Architecture and Design
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 housing and quality of life that reflects the different needs of everyone.
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 to correct the ratio of female voices in urban design disciplines and municipal decision making.
“There is a gender imbalance that has been artificially created, so we think it’s important we do what we can to stimulate actions that rectify it, or rebalance. The existing gender imbalance in architecture and design and reflected in conferences or events. reSITE is an exception. We work hard to balance the presence on stage, but with far fewer women in the industry, far fewer are then at a high level to be able to afford to take off work and attend an event to then further their career. Conferences aren’t pointless at all. One of our main objectives is to bring people together, out of the silos. If only men are coming, because they can afford it, and have an easier time getting out of work - then we have failed.” - Martin Barry
#WomenMakeCities at reSITE 2018
reSITE encourages female designers, architects and women in cities leadership to attend the annual conference reSITE 2018 ACCOMMODATE focused on housing. reSITE is proud to present architect Jeanne Gang and choreographer Elizabeth Streb amongst the first announced guests, along with several female Mayors invited to speak at the event. A special promotion “Women Make Cities” 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).
Women in Design at RESONATE
Our last campaign offering a generous discount for females to attend RESONATE Thinking Sound & Space which took place last month in Lisbon stirred a provocative conversation amongst the design community - perhaps one that needs to be had. Media partners, Dezeen shared the initiative that stimulated such discussion. One commenter said "Now even more women can afford to come and listen to male speakers".
During the panel discussion between Snøhetta architect, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and designboom founder, Birgit Lohmann, Thorsen shed light on his motivation to make the Oslo Opera House transparent - for more reasons than just dark winters in Norway’s capital.
"I like this issue of transparency, on many levels, it’s something that we miss. I think architecture and opera houses have something in common, and that is, 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. More than 50% of architectural students worldwide are female. There is some sort of secrecy that is happening around to certain portions of architecture, but we should say open the doors, show it, even if it’s not finished, it’s fine. You can see people rehearsing, you can see the dancers from the outside, you can see them making wigs and costumes." - Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Snøhetta
reSITE Talks from Female Voices
"Landscape is not just a park - its everything around you”. This reSITE Small Talk with Kathryn Gustafson discusses how making cities healthy is our responsibility.
We spoke with Caroline Bos at DOX, Prague's Center for Contemporary Art, about her perception of the architectural profession.
Professor Saskia Sassen, is world's renowned urban sociologist and professor at Columbia University in New York City, speaks from Prague's Vltava river bank about migration.
Keynote lecture by Janette Sadik-Khan, former Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, The City of New York, at reSITE 2012 conference.
Caroline Bos, a Dutch urban planner and the co-founder of Amsterdam-based architectural design network UNStudio, explains about designing resilient cities.
“When you design landscapes, remember that it’s a journey. Nothing is fixed. Everything is going to evolve over time.” - Kathryn Gustafson
Mimi Hoang talks about architecture, cities, public space, private space, affordable housing, apartments, interior design and layout.
Marlena Happach is the director for the Department of Architecture and Planning for the city of Warsaw.
"In/visible city? That’s my point!” says Martina Ableidinger at the reSITE 2017: In/visible City conference.
Mascha Onderwater from Amsterdam-based Bureau B+B on the transformation of Vienna's main shopping street, the Mariahilfer Straße into a pedestrian zone.
Ravi Naidoo, founder of Design Indaba and what may be the most influential design conferences in the world pushes the boundaries of design with the simple question—what is design for—on the final installment of the first season of reSITE's Design and the City podcast.
Listen to the latest installment of reSITE's podcast, Design and the City in discussion with Marianthi Tatari, a principal architect at UNStudio on designing different aspects of city-making that threaten the quality of life such - like monofunctional spaces and commoditized smart cities - with optimism.
Next up on Design and the City is West Sacramento's longest-serving mayor, Christopher Cabaldon — the man behind the city’s outstanding urban regeneration that put it on the map as one of the most livable small towns in the United States.
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.
Kimmelman talks about his current research, writing and thoughts about sustainability and the urban condition in Prague.
Special lecture by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times.