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 have come a long way in the quest for equality across professions and industries. While the situation is still far from ideal, the shift in the status quo is explicit, and things are gradually changing for the better.
The good news is that all of us can be an ally to the cause. One simple thing everyone can do to contribute is educating ourselves — learning about female practitioners and theorists, reading articles by women and about women in the industry while highlighting female voices.
Since the beginning, reSITE has worked to strike gender balance both on the stage, in the audience and now with our content. By bringing together a diverse portfolio of voices, we believe we can create provocative conversations around city-making that reflects the needs of inhabitants more honestly, ultimately creating more socially balanced communities.
What to Read...
Madame Architect is an online magazine focusing on women currently shaping the architecture industry. It features female practitioners across backgrounds and areas of expertise. The platform has been founded by women in architecture aiming to empower and give advice to other female professionals whose experiences are often not reflected in male-dominated media.
What to read from reSITE
At the core of WallaceLiu’s projects is a design practice called adaptive reuse. In the age of the quest for sustainability, adaptive reuse is becoming more of a necessity for city-makers worldwide.
reSITE encourages women across disciplines of design, architecture, city leadership to attend the annual conference reSITE 2019 REGENERATE focused on urban regeneration.
Dara Huang is an award winning architect and founder of Design Haus Liberty, an architectural firm that often works with clients to design high-end buildings.
Martin Barry walks you through program tips for reSITE 2018: Jeanne Gang, the Founding Principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang is one of the most anticipated guests to speak in Prague this June.
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.
What to Listen to...
To enhance your understanding of city-making in the globalized world, particularly through the eyes of women, catch the Third Wave Urbanism podcast launched by two female urbanists Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman and Kristen Jeffers. In thirty-seven episodes, they touch upon critical topics in city-making, explaining the way cities operate for their inhabitants and focusing specifically on the matters of equality and social inclusion.
Or, catch the former Chief City Planner of Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat's podcast Invisible City - which aims to shape the global conversation on 21st century city sharing positive and unique stories that illuminate the complexity of city living.
Design and the City
This year reSITE launched a new podcast called Design and the City, featuring female speakers like Leona Lynen (ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin), Yoko Choy (Wallpaper* Magazine), Marianthi Tatari (UNStudio) and Kate Wagner (McMansion Hell) who shared their insights on their respective fields through the lens of urban regeneration at reSITE 2019 REGENERATE. The podcast is also directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal, reSITE's digital communications manager.
Listen to Episode 4 of reSITE's new podcast, Design and the City in discussion with Leona Lynen, member of ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin cooperative for urban development that is working to regenerate Haus der Statistik located just off Berlin's Alexanderplatz. Photo courtesy of Nils Koenning
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.
Listen to Episode 3 of reSITE's new podcast, Design and the City in discussion with Yoko Choy, Wallpaper* Magazine's China Editor and the co-founder of Collective Contemporist. This episode also features Beatrice Leanza, director of Lisbon's MAAT Museum as well as Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace, co-founders of WallaceLiu in discussion at reSITE. Photo courtesy of Damo Yang.
What to Watch...
reSITE aims to do it’s part in elevating female voices as an opportunity to achieve social balance in architecture and design. Every year at our events, we work to curate an outstanding portfolio of women, experts in their discipline to speak on our 360-degree stage.
We've compiled a compilation of talks and lectures from reSITE's featured presentations from various events over the past 8 years. But don't stop there! Catch the whole playlist featuring a plethora of inspiring women in the fields of design, architecture, city planning and beyond on the reSITE YouTube channel.
Watch reSITE's #WomenMakeCities playlist
“A huge development project with high-densities is not yet a city. City is an extraordinary animal.” - Saskia Sassen
We spoke with Caroline Bos at DOX, Prague's Center for Contemporary Art, about her perception of the architectural profession.
Kazuyo Sejima, founding partner of Tokyo-based SANAA discusses her approach to design in the modern world.
“As architects you really want to be the driver of content.” Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, talks sound and space with reSITE at RESONATE. She elucidates the importance of sound in architecture and the evolving role of the architect in an increasingly multidisciplinary world.
Who to follow...
We've rounded-up some inspiring women, some even past reSITE speakers making waves in the urbanism, design and architecture spheres of social media. Follow, get inspired, engage and be a part of the conversation!
Part W is an action group of women campaigning for gender parity across the built environment. #WeArePartW
Bianca Wylie, Tech Reset
Tech Reset founder and reSITE speaker, Bianca Wylie has been called the Jane Jacobs of Smart Cities, blowing the whistle on the technology companies meddling in public spaces for data-harvest, and ultimately, profit.
Leni Schwendinger, Night Seeing
Leni Schwendinger is a public lighting theorist and reSITE alum that works toward creating wonderous environments, particularly in nighttime design.
Scientists analyzed 1,700 cities RE: safe-street design. How does the way we design our cities affect the #publichealth burden? Get people out of cars in the first place, to design cities to use motor vehicles less. #walkability #streetdesign #urbandesignhttps://t.co/cwncm7eDrX— Leni Schwendinger (@Leni_Light) February 21, 2020
Jennifer Keesmaat, Former Chief City Planner of Toronto
Former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto and renowned urbanist, Jennifer is an visionary voice in the advocating for progressive urbanist changes in the Canadian capital.
For reasons that are difficult to explain, we have accepted the long commute as the foundation of modern life. But imagine living within a 15 minute walk of everything that you need on a typical day. The 15-minute neighborhood is a better way to live. https://t.co/8XycH7xwIK— Jennifer Keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) March 3, 2020
Black Females in Architecture
Black Females in Architecture is "a network elevating the visibility of Black Females in architecture and the built environment."
Happy International Women's Day to all from us in BFA!! May we all today, tomorrow and everyday going forward celebrate the vast acheivements of women and our unlimited potential! ????????????#InternationalWomensDay #InternationalWomenDay2020 #IWD pic.twitter.com/1XAlcyRJsI— Black Females in Architecture (@BlackFemArc) March 8, 2020
Kate Wagner, McMansion Hell
Past reSITE speaker Kate Wagner, founder of the funny-because-its-true McMansion Hell blog which picks apart American “luxury homes,” exposing them for the extreme waste of resources and heinous architecture that they really are while her sarcasm makes architecture criticism more accessible.
Follow #WomenMakeCities across social platforms and join in on the conversation striving for gender equality.