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Urban regeneration: some
feminist thoughts
Dr. Jackie Bourke
jackiembourke@gmail.com
@JBPlaytime
It is beginning to be
accepted that urban studies,
by ignoring gender divisions,
is neglecting an important
element of urb...
“Thus the object of feminist
research should not be
women alone, but rather
the structure of social
relations that contrib...
“I would go to networking
events that were full of guys
who had a way of talking I found
exhausting…”
“You find yourself f...
“We do not submit our
projects for awards; instead,
we direct effort at dissolving
professional boundaries…
We challenge t...
“We are changing cities
by challenging the prevailing values”.
Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects
One of the questions ...
Capoeira performance, Smithfield. Public Space in Dublin is generally quite safe for women, especially during the day.
The blue line from Heuston to Abbey Street marks the study site. Women walked along here and did a safety audit, identifyi...
Women are often depicted in
public space in one
dimensional sexualized poses
which signals to some men
that sexual harassm...
Frauen Werk Stadt
A scheme built with women’s needs to the
in mind
Vienna, Austria
Buildings
shut off from
street
Image from: The
City at Eye-Level
Buildings
engaging
with the
street;
primary
school at
street
Image from:
The City at Eye-
Level
A feminist city would:
“transcend traditional
definitions of home,
neighbourhood, city and
workplace”.
“What would a non-s...
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  1. 1. Urban regeneration: some feminist thoughts Dr. Jackie Bourke jackiembourke@gmail.com @JBPlaytime
  2. 2. It is beginning to be accepted that urban studies, by ignoring gender divisions, is neglecting an important element of urban space. Linda McDowell 1983 From a theoretical point of view, this is not exactly a new field however it still doesn’t seem to be a very mainstream discussion. The argument is underpinned by questioning the position of women in society.
  3. 3. “Thus the object of feminist research should not be women alone, but rather the structure of social relations that contributes to female oppression…” McDowell 1983 Bringing a feminist perspective to bare on an analysis of an urban space means understanding gender difference in a wider context and thinking about how society itself is organised.
  4. 4. “I would go to networking events that were full of guys who had a way of talking I found exhausting…” “You find yourself feeling you have nothing to say”. Fiona Scott, Gort Scott Architects Urbanism seems to be a field which is dominated by men. To be a lone voice can be very challenging and disempowering.
  5. 5. “We do not submit our projects for awards; instead, we direct effort at dissolving professional boundaries… We challenge the overtime culture…… which allows time for personal development”. Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects
  6. 6. “We are changing cities by challenging the prevailing values”. Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects One of the questions is; how different would cities be if women had more influence?
  7. 7. Capoeira performance, Smithfield. Public Space in Dublin is generally quite safe for women, especially during the day.
  8. 8. The blue line from Heuston to Abbey Street marks the study site. Women walked along here and did a safety audit, identifying what worked, where problems had arisen and what was perceived as unsafe.
  9. 9. Women are often depicted in public space in one dimensional sexualized poses which signals to some men that sexual harassment is just a compliment. In fact many women describe sexually oriented comments and gestures as humiliating and frightening.
  10. 10. Frauen Werk Stadt A scheme built with women’s needs to the in mind Vienna, Austria
  11. 11. Buildings shut off from street Image from: The City at Eye-Level
  12. 12. Buildings engaging with the street; primary school at street Image from: The City at Eye- Level
  13. 13. A feminist city would: “transcend traditional definitions of home, neighbourhood, city and workplace”. “What would a non-sexist city be like”? Dolores Hayden 1980

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