Symposium “Fielding Architecture. Feminist Practices for a Decolonized Pedagogy”

The Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy symposium took place at the University of Brighton on 24 & 25 June, 2019. The interdisciplinary symposium organized by Emma Cheatle, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield and Catalina Mejía Moreno, Senior Lecturer, Theory of Architecture, University of Brighton, explored and questioned the practice of teaching […]

Advance Notice: Public Panel Discussion “Bauen für die Kunst / Bauen für die Besucher_innen”

LE FOYER – IN PROCESS 22.06.2019, 16:00, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Grüzenstrasse 44, 8400 Winterthur Im Kontext der gegenwärtig realisierten Museumsneu- und -umbauten stehen grundlegendere Fragen zu Perspektiven des Bauens für die Kunst und für ein inklusives Publikum im Zentrum des Gesprächs.Das Fotomuseum Winterthur plant eine Sanierung sowie einen Anbau. Für dessen Umsetzung haben Absolventinnen und Absolventen der Architekturfakultät […]

Panel Discussion “Feministische Perspektiven in Kunst und Lehre”

21. Mai 2019, 18.30 RAA-G-01 (Rämistrasse 59) Welche unterschiedlichen feministischen und antirassistischen Perspektiven gibt es auf den Hochschulalltag? Inwiefern lassen sich patriarchale Verhältnisse und Rassismus in akademischen Strukturen und der Lehre ausgehend von diesen Perspektiven diskutieren, wie gehen Lehrende damit um? Die öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion bringt unterschiedliche Perspektiven, Erfahrungen und Disziplinen zusammen, um auch im universitären […]

The Posthuman – Rosi Braidotti

by Giorgia Mini Rosi Braidotti was born in Latisana, Udine, Italy, on 28 September 1954. At the Liceo Classico in Udine she obtained her scientific high school diploma. In 1970 her family decided to emigrate to Australia, where Braidotti graduated from the University of Canberra in Literature (1976) and Philosophy (1977), obtaining two important awards: […]

Introduction: Posthuman Bodies – Judith Halberstam and Ira Livingston

By He Xingyu Introduction to the author and background of the text: The text is an introduction from the posthuman body, an anthology co-edited by Judith/Jake Halberstam and Ira Livingston. While Judith/Jake Halberstam has already been elaborated introduced in another blog entry about Transgender Butch: Butch-FTM Border Wars and the Masculine Continuum – Judith Halberstam, […]

Advance Notice: Public Lecture by Joel Sanders “Alternative Futures: Questioning Design Standards”

Public evening lecture by Joel Sanders (Architect, New York & Professor Adjunct Yale University) organized by the Visiting Lectureship of the Theory of Architecture Dr. Torsten Lange, Institute gta, ETH Zurich Thursday May 23, 2019, 18:00–20:00ETH Hönggerberg, HIL H 40.9 (NSL Foyer) AbstractRestrooms exemplify how architecture as a discipline is complicit in perpetuating cultural assumptions […]

Advance Notice: Guest Lecture Prof. Jack Halberstam “Unbuilding Gender: Trans* Anarchitectures In and Beyond the Work of Gordon Matta-Clark”

Guest lecture by Jack Halberstam (Professor of Gender Studies and English, Columbia University New York) in the seminar “Architectures of Gender: body_building” hosted by the Visiting Lectureship of the Theory of Architecture Dr. Torsten Lange, Institute gta, ETH Zurich Monday May 13, 2019, 10:00–12:00ETH Hönggerberg, HIL E 67 BioJack Halberstam is a recipient of the […]

Transgender Butch: Butch-FTM Border Wars and the Masculine Continuum – Judith Halberstam

by Aurore Delory The Author Judith/Jack Halberstam is a professor of English, American studies and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. He has authored six books: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters(1995), Female Masculinity(1998), In A Queer Time and Place(2005), The Queer Art of Failure(2011), Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal(2012), […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Dr. Huraera Jabeen “Gendered Space and Climate Resilience in Informal Settlements in Bangladesh”

UniBasel, Hörsaal 101 (Alte Universität) Rheinsprung 9/11, 4051 Basel. Climate resilience varies significantly based on gender and on location in different physical and social spaces. The relationship between the urban built environment, vulnerability and resilience is a little-studied area of research. Conceptualizing gender only in terms of the vulnerability of women can mean overlooking the complex […]

The Prosthetic Imagination: 
Enabling and Disabling the Prosthesis Trope – S. Lochlann Jain

by Masato SHODA S. Lochlann Jain’s is a professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, where she teaches medical and legal anthropology. Her research is primarily concerned with the ways in which stories get told about injuries, from car crashes to lung cancer, from mountain climbing deaths to space shuttle explosions. Figuring out the […]

Embodying Space. An Interview and Lived Spatiality (The Spaces of Corporeal Desire) – Elizabeth Grosz

by Sven Fawer Elizabeth Grosz is an Australian philosopher and feminist theorists. She taught philosophy at various universities in Australia, the United States and Europe and is working as a professor in the field of feminist and gender Studies. She wrote her PhD on Psychoanalysis and social construction of subjectivity 1in 1980 at the University of Sydney. Her […]

Doubles and Multiples – Peg Rawes

by Mebuki FURUTANI 1) The Author Peg Rewes is Professor in Architecture and Philosophy, Programme Director of the MA Architectural History, and a PhD Supervisor for Architectural Design and Architectural History and Theory PhD Programmes. Her research and teaching focus on material, political, technological and ecological histories and theories of contemporary architecture and art. 2) […]

Normate Template: Knowing-Making the Architectural Inhabitant – Aimi Hamraie

by Jamshidi Helia In today’s architecture practice it is self-evident to base our design on given norms, which build on a average user we can align on. As in the use of handbooks such as Ernst Neufert’s „Architects’ Data“ or DIN EN we are dealing with given templates of the inhabitants, specified with measurements of […]

Envisioning Cyborg Bodies – Jennifer González

by Jiang Weilan The term „cyborg“ was coined by Manfred E.Clynes and Nathan S.Kline in an astronautic article for a self-regulating human-machine, who can survived in the outer space. Cyborg as a scientific study began with the implanted rat. It was first researched in the military sphere, especially for the astronautics explore during the cold […]

A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century – Donna Haraway

by Christopher Smith  Donna Haraway opens her text, A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, with the provocation that the essay is “an effort to build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism, and materialism.”1She argues she knows no better positioning of her work than with irony among the […]

Feminist Perspectives on the Body – Kathleen Lennon

by Anna Kärtner Feminist Perspectives on the Body is a reference text that traces the historical lineage of philosophical thought on embodiment, and specifically female embodiment. The author, Kathleen Lennon is professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull in England. Her areas of research include gender theory and embodiment within the context of contemporary […]

Advance Notice: Lecture Series “Digitale Transformation und Geschlecht”, University of Bern, Spring Semester 2019

,,Nun ja, meine Stimme klingt wie die einer Frau, aber ich falle nicht wirklich unter das mensch­liche Geschlechterkonzept”, antwortet die persönliche Sprachassistenz-Software Siri auf die Frage, ob sie sich als Frau identifiziere. Siri wie auch andere Chatbots, die als persönliche Assistenz fungieren und „immer zu deinen Diensten” sind, werden hauptsächlich weiblich designt. Dass Siris Stimme „wie die einer Frau” klingt, ist deshalb nicht zufällig, vielmehr werden dadurch vorherrschende […]

Architectures of Gender III – body_building

We are continuing the “architectures of gender” seminar series, focusing on the issue of technologies and denaturalizations in relation to the (un)building of bodies this spring semester (2019).
The body as ontology, epistemology, and representation has long provided a model for architecture. Architecture, in turn, has contributed to the construction of the human body, especially in the modern era – for example, through techniques of measuring, norms and standards. How does this relationship change today, as the boundaries between human body and technology increasingly blur, and the presumed integrity of the body becomes subject to debate and alteration? […]

A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin

by Petronella Mill and Tamino Kuny     Nice to meet you, Lucia. Our names are Petronella and Tamino, we are two architecture students interested in Care Work. We have read some stories in your book ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’ that was posthumously published in 2015. Now we would like to ask you some […]

Role Models IV: Sarah Nichols. A Portrait edited by Nora Molari (EN)

FRAU ARCHITEKT – SARAH NICHOLS …is an American architect living and working in Zurich. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the history and theory of architecture. Her dissertation is titled “Opération Béton: Constructing Concrete in Switzerland, 1891-1972.” Sarah has been a teaching and research assistant in architecture and urbanism at ETH Zurich since 2011. […]

Role Models III: Romina Grillo. A Portrait edited by Nora Molari (DE)

FRAU ARCHITEKT – ROMINA GRILLO …wurde 1984 in Como, Italien geboren. Sie studierte Architektur an der Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in der Schweiz und schloss ihr Studium 2009 ab. Sie unterrichtete am Lehrstuhl von Valerio Olgiati an der Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio und arbeitete bei OMA / Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. 2010 war sie Mitbegründerin von UNULAUNU. […]

Role Models II: Maria Conen. A Portrait edited by Nora Molari (DE)

FRAU ARCHITEKT – MARIA CONEN …studierte Architektur an der EPF Lausanne und der ETH Zürich. Nach ihrem Abschluss 2005 in Zürich arbeitete sie in verschiedenen Architekturbüros und in freier Zusammenarbeit für einzelne Projekte mit Raoul Sigl. Nachdem sie 2010 ihren Master of Advanced Studies am Institut Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur an der ETH Zürich […]

Role Models I: A Series of Portraits of Women in Architecture 2018 by Nora Molari (DE)

Im Rahmen einer Vertiefungsarbeit betreut von Dr. Gabrielle Schaad und Dr. Torsten Lange an der Gastdozentur für Architekturtheorie Dr. Torsten Lange ETH Zürich habe ich mich auf die Suche nach zeitgenössischen weiblichen Vorbildern in der Architektur begeben. Meine Absicht war es einerseits, aktiven Schweizer Architektinnen mehr Sichtbarkeit zu verschaffen, und andererseits, mehr über ihre Haltungen […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Prof. Lori Brown “Between the Academy and Activism”, 13.12.2018, ETHZ, HIL E6, 17:00 

Lori Brown’s lecture, “Between the Academy + Activism,” will discuss her research and the opportunities it has unexpectedly created in real-world engagement and activism, bringing architecture out into broader current political and cultural spatial contestations. She will begin by providing a brief theoretical framework of her creative research practice and pedagogical approaches locating her work […]

Caring: Making Commons, Making Connections – Kim Trogal

by Zelda Frank and Wiebke Gude     Caring: Making Commons, Making Connections is a chapter in the book The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice co- written by Kim Trogal and Doina Petrescu. The author of the chapter, Kim Trogal, studied architecture at the University of Sheffield, including a […]

Visibility and Worth in Maintenance Work and Art – Mierle Laderman Ukeles

by Yagmur Kültür and Lena Stolze   The ‘Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!’, written by Mierle Laderman Ukeles and published in Artforum in 1971 is divided into two parts: the first simply titled ‘Ideas’ is further subdivided into 5 parts, from A. to E. The second part is her proposal for The Maintenance Art Exhibition […]

Making Citizens, Reassembling Devices: On Gender and the Development of Contemporary Public Sites of Repair in Northern California – Daniela K. Rosner

by Emma Lindén and Tobias Lenggenhager   As we all know from our childhood, our pants still could be used even if there was more than one patch on it. If we think about maintenance in today’s throw-away-society it is obvious that there could be prevented so much waste by caring a little bit more […]

Not One of the Family. The Tight Spaces of Migrant Domestic Workers – Rhacel Salazar Parreñas and Rachel Silvey

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to working at USC, she taught at a number of other universities including the University of California, where she had also done her studies. After a Bachelor of Arts in peace and conflict studies in 1992, Parreñas […]

A Lecture by Britta Hentschel : “Why Do We Care? Architecture and Social Responsibility in Early Modern Europe”

by Deborah Augsburger and Xenia Strohmeyer Why do we care? Is it a natural given or of cultural and religious nature? And who do we care for? How can a state be fair, when there is poverty? Those are questions that have been occupying the human race from its early beginnings up until now. With […]

INTERDEPENDENT BODIES – Making Non-Normative Space(s) for Care

On October 29th, 2018, Dr. Gabrielle Schaad and Dr. Torsten Lange of the Visiting Lectureship of the Theory of Architecture at ETH initiated a roundtable discussion called „INTERDEPENDENT BODIES – Making Non- Normative Space(s) for Care“. Therefore, they invited Dr. Jos Boys (independent scholar, Dis/Ordinary Architecture Project, UK), Caroline Cardus (artist, UK), Dr. Nina Mühlemann […]

Strolling Into Imaginaries. When the Constitution of Space Produces Disabled Bodies – No Anger

by Laia Meier and Alex Walter   It’s something the majority of us don’t really think about much. We walk around in streets and parks and open doors to enter buildings without that causing us any problems. But by doing this we cross lines we don’t even know could be borders to others. When the elevator is broken, […]

Advance Notice: SIA Vaud – “Débat Urbanités: Une Ville Virile?”, 10.12.2018, Lausanne

URBANITÉS: Une ville virile? Lundi 10 Décembre 2018, 18H30 au forum d`architectures, lausanne Avenue de Villamont 4, Lausanne     Intervenant-e-s Sarah Neumann / Députée au Grand Conseil vaudois Elke Schimmel et Sarah Droz / Assosciation LARES Gabrielle Schaad / Historienne de l´Art, Dr. sc. ETH Zurich Yves Raibaud / Géographe et maitre conférencier à […]

Call for Abstracts: The International Archive of Women in Architecture Center // 2019 IAWA Symposium – March 20­-22, 2019

The International Archive of Women in Architecture Center School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 2019 IAWA Symposium – March 20­-22, 2019   Expanding the ‘Archive’. Latent Connections: Evidence and Speculation. Call for Abstracts: November 1, 2018 – December 1, 2018 Selection announced: December 15, 2018   The IAWA opens the call […]

Invisibility Work? How Starting from Dis/ability Challenges Normative Social, Spatial and Material Practices – Jos Boys

by Lorena Bassi und Vivienne Yao   The text Invisibility Work? How Starting from Dis/ability Challenges Normative Social, Spatial and Material Practices was written by Jos Boys and published in 2018 in Architecture and Feminism. Ecologies, Economies, Technologies. Jos Boys is a British architect, journalist, photographer, researcher and was a co – founder of Matrix […]

Advance Notice: “Under Same Skies”, 10.–11.11.2018, Zurich

Event: Under Same Skies – Gender perspectives in Arab countries and beyond 10.  &  11. November 2018 at Clubraum, Rote Fabrik, Zürich Link: What do we know about the countries and people whose uprisings have changed the world since December 2011? The activities, that the invited guests, initiated in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, […]

The Mobility of Care – Inés Sánchez de Madariaga – Global Urban Lecture

Introducing Gender-Aware Concepts in Transportation Planning aims at providing a better understanding of travel patterns of women and men, by taking into account the travel implications of daily tasks performed by individuals with care responsibilities. Link:   SYNOPSIS Issues which the lecture addresses This lecture uses gender as an analytical category to propose a […]

Koolhaas Houselife – Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

by Daniela Gonzalez and Alexander Poulikakos The 58-minute film “Koolhaas HouseLife” by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine was first shown in 2008 being the first release of four documentaries called „Living Architectures“. The film was presented by the film makers and co-founders of BêkaFilms at the Barbican Centre in London and describes a much-noticed architectural masterpiece […]

The Industrial Revolution In The Home – Ruth Schwartz Cowan

by Mirjam Kupferschmid and Manon Mottet  From today’s point of view, we can barely imagine that only a few decades ago, women were washing clothes in a tub or had to lit fire in the stove in order to cook a meal. It seems to us that the introduction of tools such as the washing machine, […]

The House That Did The Housework – Margalit Fox & Amisha Padani

by Petra Steiniger and Viviane Zibung Margalit Fox, born in 1961 is an American wirter. In the 1980s, already before she went to journalism school, she worked in magazine and book publishing. In 1994 she joined ‘The New York Times’ and has been a staff writer on the Obituaries desk since 2004. Her collection of […]

Advance Notice: “Arbeit als Liebe. Liebe als Arbeit”

31. Oktober 2018, 18 Uhr, Museum Haus Konstruktiv FILMVORFÜHRUNG UND GESPRÄCHSRUNDE I Arbeit als Liebe. Liebe als Arbeit. Ein Filmprojekt von Brigitte Dätwyler und Lena Maria Thüring, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Fachstelle Frauenhandel und Frauenmigration (FIZ) und fünf ihrer Klientinnen Im Museumseintritt von CHF 16/12 inbegriffen Das von Damian Christinger initiierte und von den beiden […]

Wages Against Housework – Silvia Federici

by Julia Kobzar and Dzulija Jakimovska   In 1975 Silvia Federici published a book called “Wages Against Housework“. This book deals with the issue of domestic work, analyzing it as consequence of the capitalism and as a women oppression. The book is written during an important period of feminist organizations. It is a period of […]

What Would A Non-Sexist City Be Like?  – Dolores Hayden

by Sara Finzi and Carola Hartmann   Review of Dolores Hayden’s article of 1980 „What Would a Non-Sexist City Be Like? Speculations on Housing, Urban Design, and Human Work”   Dolores Hayden, born in 1945, is an American professor of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale Universi- ty, urban historian, architect, author, and poet. […]

Reproductive Commons: From Within and Beyond the Kitchen – Julia Wieger

by Achilleas Lehmann   Julia Wieger is an architect and researcher. She works as a architecture department in the Academy of fine arts in Vienna. She is interested in collective approaches to research, production and design. Before addressing her main exapmles for collective housing which try to break the socially defined gender barrier, she briefly […]

The Critical Potential of Housework – Catharina Gabrielsson

by Nora Molari and Bing Yang   Part I Catharina Gabrielsson is an architect, critic and writer. She is assistant professor in urban theory at the School of Architecture KTH and Director of the doctoral programme Art, Technology and Design in collaboration with Konstfack. With an emphasis on creative academic writing, her research investigates the interface […]

Contradictions of Capital and Care – Nancy Fraser

by Tatjana Bergmeister and Matthieu Schwartz The text we are going to focus on is written by Nancy Fraser, a feminist and critical theorist from Baltimore, US. Professor of philosophy and social sciences in the New School in New York, as well as the president of the American Philosophical Association, she shares her critique on […]

Advance Notice: Architectural Access, Code and Care

This fall semester, as part of MIT Architecture’s Experiments in Pedagogy, Gabriel Cira and Emma Watlington have organized an evening lecture series called “Architectural Access, Code and Care”. Speakers include Wendy Jacob and Sara Hendren; David Gissen; Mara Mills and MIT Biomechatronics; Aimi Hamraie, David Mitchell, and Sharon Snyder. Hamraie ranks among the foremost international scholars working on dis/ability […]

Care Work: Swiss Women’s Strike – 1991/2019 in Swiss newspaper WOZ, 20.09.2018

WOZ, Nr. 38/2018 vom 20.09.2018 FRAUENSTREIK «Wir haben schon entschieden: Der Streik wird stattfinden» 1991 streikten in der Schweiz die Frauen. 2019 werden sie es wieder tun. Hunderte von Frauen sind bereits enthusiastisch am Vorbereiten – auch wenn sie sich nicht in allem einig sind. Von Bettina Dyttrich «Der Tag muss magisch gewesen sein»: 1991 […]

Advance Notice: “Interdependent Bodies – Making Non-Normative Space(s) for Care”, 29.10.2018, 17:00–19:00, ETH Hönggerberg

Monday, 29.10.2018, 17.00–19.00, ETH Zürich Hönggerberg, venue (tba) Public roundtable discussion with inputs by Dr. Jos Boys (independent scholar, Dis/Ordinary Architecture Project, UK), Caroline Cardus (artist, UK), Prof. Adam Caruso (architect, Chair for Architecture and Construction ETHZ, UK/CH), and Dr. Nina Mühlemann (researcher/disability rights activist, CH/UK). Moderation: Dr. Torsten Lange and Dr. Gabrielle Schaad (Visiting Lectureship […]

Architectures of Gender II – Care Work

We are continuing the “architectures of gender” seminar series, focusing on the issue of care work this fall semester (2018). Care work is at once omnipresent and invisible. It encompasses all forms of socially necessary – or reproductive – labour: raising children, cooking, cleaning, shopping, looking after the ill and elderly, and many other tasks […]

Advance Notice: “Cooperative Cities. Feminist, Social and Emancipatory”, 28.09.2018, The New School, NYC

Friday, September 28th, 3:00-6:30pm The New School University Center Room L105 (Lower Level) 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Please join us for the launch of Volume 9 of the Journal of Design Strategies, Cooperative Cities, which provides a critical insight to the way women have conceptualized and fostered the co-production of nonhierarchical and cooperative […]

Interview with An Fonteyne in Swiss newspaper NZZ, 05.09.2018

An Fonteyne: “Es ist kein architektonisches, sondern ein politisches Versäumnis, dass sich Subkulturen entwickelt haben” An Fonteyne, Professorin an der ETH Zürich, ist die Architektin der Stunde: Sie engagiert sich für die Zukunft Europas und seiner historischen Bausubstanz. Interview: Antje Stahl, NZZ, 5.9.2018; Link NZZ Homepage AS: An Fonteyne, Europa werde nurmehr als eine Währungsunion […]

Advance Notice: “Downtown Denise Scott Brown”, 22.11.2018–18.03.2019, Architekturzentrum Wien

For 50 years Denise Scott Brown has shaped the course of architecture. It’s time for the world’s first extensive solo exhibition on the work of this 86-year-old architect, urban planner, educator, and writer. Denise Scott Brown is an icon in contemporary architecture discourse. Through her architectural theory and practice, Scott Brown – together with her […]

CFP: “Intimacy Exposed. Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom”, 15.10.2018 (submissions deadline), Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD), Geneva

Intimacy Exposed Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom Confirmed keynote speakers: Nacho Alegre (Apartamento Magazine, Barcelona) Ignacio G. Galan (Barnard+Columbia Colleges, New York) Renaud Haerlingen (Rotor-Deconstruction, Bruxelles) Catherine Ince (V&A Museum, London) Alexandra Midal (HEAD – Genève) Marina Otero (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam) Joel Sanders (Yale University, New Haven) Mariana Siracusa (Galleria Spazio, Milan) “Toilet” is a euphemism, […]

Symposium: “MoMoWo 2018. Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918–2018)”, 13.–16.06.2018, Politecnico di Torino

MoMoWo Symposium 2018 International Conference | Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception After almost four years of successful project activities, and in accordance with the MoMoWo mission, the International Conference | Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception continues to increase the […]

Advance Notice: “Saffa 58. The Women’s ‘Landi’”, 28.06.–09.09.2018, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

A long awaited exhibition finally covers one of the most interesting topics in Swiss Postwar History! (Co-curated by Dr. Eliana Perrotti and Dr. Katia Frey) In 1958, years prior to the vote on women’s suffrage, the second Swiss Exhibition for Women’s Work (SAFFA) was held on the left bank of Lake Zurich. Under the motto […]

Advance Notice:  “Eileen Gray – A Grey Experience”, 31.05.2018, ETHZ, lecture by Jennifer Goff

LECTURE 31ST MAY 2018, 18.00 Jennifer Goff, “Eileen Gray – a Grey experience” ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, Siemens Auditorium HIT E 51 […]

“E. 1027” by Bess Laaring, Alexander Poulikakos, Magdalena Stolze

Cape Martin, South of France. A house built in 1929 sits on a cliff, overlooking the sea. Dear Badovici, Thank you for hosting us recently in your sea-side villa. I will admit to liking it greatly, and being full of admiration of the villa’s sophisticated design. It accommodates, in its well-formed layout, decompression and the […]

Workshop “Building Diversity”

On Tuesday, May 16, 2018 TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will host the first workshop “Building Diversity” organized by the working group on gender parity and diversity within the BauHow 5 network (The Bartlett/UCL, Chalmers University of Technology Gothenburg, TU Delft, TU Munich and ETH Zurich). The one-day international workshop seeks […]

Wildness – Complexity, Contradiction and Failure

Time is borrowed. It changes everything. Faces. Relationships. Neighbourhoods. There are not many like me left. And I wonder, what will become of me? How can I explain my legacy? (Movie “Wildness” by Wu Tsang, 2012, 00:00:23) The very first sentences of the movie “Wildness” unfold its thematic territory. The movie addresses questions about inclusiveness, diversity, […]

Learn To Unlearn To See

In her article « Situated Knowledges : The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perpective », Donna Haraway is questioning the traditional scientific approach that claims to be completely objective. A neutral standpoint whose main aim is to be « the truth ». However, she wonders to what extent is this constructed scientific knowledge really objective […]

A Room of One’s Own: Creation of a Queer Space

  In both analyzed texts « A Queer Analysis of Eileen Gray’s E.1027“ by Katarina Bonnevier and „Closets, Clothes, disClosure“ by Henry Urbach, the queer space is discussed. In his text, Urbach focusses his attention on the physical built-in closet that lead to the famous expression « Out of the closets ! Into the streets » (Urbach, 1996, 69) […]

Symposium: Noncompliant Bodies – Social Equity and Public Space

The discipline of architecture tends to overlook or actively exclude persons who fall outside white, male, heterosexual, able-bodied norms. This symposium, convened by Joel Sanders and Susan Stryker, assembles a cross-disciplinary group of designers and scholars to explore the relationship between architecture and the demands for social justice voiced by people who have been marginalized […]

Discussion – #MeToo

The Literaturhaus invites you to Cabaret Voltaire, where Annette Hug, Sylvia Sasse, Nadia Brügger and Manuel Bamert are going to have an open discussion. Women and men are currently trying to renegotiate their ways of living together and communicating with each other – on the one hand there is the question of how and where […]

Exhibition: “Frau Architekt. Seit mehr als 100 Jahren Frauen im Architektenberuf”, 30.09.2017–08.03.2018, Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Frankfurt

FRAU ARCHITEKT: SEIT MEHR ALS 100 JAHREN FRAUEN IM ARCHITEKTENBERUF Die Ausstellung Frau Architekt. Seit mehr als 100 Jahren: Frauen im Architektenberuf ist vom 30. September 2017 bis am 8. März 2018 am DAM (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) in Frankfurt zu sehen. Die Ausstellung befindet sich im 1. Obergeschoss des von Oswald Ungers umgebauten Hauses. Um zur Ausstellung […]

The Architect as Shopper – Katie Lloyd Thomas

The Architect as Shopper: Women, Electricity, Building Products and the Interwar ‘Proprietary Turn’ in the UK Katie Lloyd Thomas held her Presentation at ETH Zürich on December 7th 2017   […]

Review – Flora Ruchat-Roncati, Research on Woman Architechts

On this first day of the new semester, I wanted to come back on a lecture that took place, mostly unnoticed, on the Hönggerberg campus on November 27th, as announced on this blog here. This lecture was led by Dr Eliana Perotti and Dr Katia Frey about Flora Ruchat-Roncati, her career, and her time at the ETH, as […]

Advance Notice: Gender in Digital Reality

Opening program on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, Klingenstrasse 23 Zürich: 6-9 pm: Opening of the exhibition 6.30-7 pm: Performance by Martina Mächler 7-9 pm: Multimedia installation by Philip Tsapaliras, Paula Ursprung and Artemisia Valisa   The group exhibition explores the performance of gender roles in our society within the context of digital medias. Social medias […]

Review – Arab Women in Architecture

  As announced on this blog here, the 1. Architektur Film Tage in Zurich took place on November 17-19th and hold the projection of the documentary “Arab Women in architecture”.   Unable to attend this event, I was really happy to find the movie available on Youtube and decided to write a small review and […]

Prix français des femmes architectes (article en français)

Ce prix a été fondé en 2013 par l’Association pour la recherche sur la ville et l’habitat (ARVHA) et dirigé par Catherine Guyot afin de mettre en avant le travail de femmes architectes et ainsi offrir des modèles aux jeunes femmes qui souhaiteraient rejoindre la profession ou qui sont déjà architecte. La participation au prix […]

Advance Notice: Kosmospolitics – Sex in Brain: Nature or Culture 

Women are gifted in multitasking, men have a good spatial orientation – and that is, as many say, because of their brains. But is the “female” and the “male” brain really existing? Or, in other words, if we scientifically detect a difference between male and female brains, can one assume that this is solely due […]

Advance Notice: Zürcher Philosophie Festival

From the 18th to 20th of January, the Zurich Philosophy Festival will take place for the first time at KOSMOS. The topic of the first edition is “Me, Me, Me”. “Whether it’s a ego-shooter, a self-employed person or a self-discovery course: the ego always takes center stage, yet we do not even know where to […]

Matrix Feminist Design Cooperative

The Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative was set up in 1980 as an architectural practice and a book group that grew out of the Feminist Design Collective. They were one of the first architectural groups in Britain to take an overtly feminist stance in their way of working and designing and in the projects they took […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Nina Power

Nina Power is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University in London, author and blogger, combining philosophy, art, film and political activism in her work. She wrote the book „One-Dimensional Woman”, in which she asks and criticizes the standardization that the current form of feminist pop culture brings with it. In her lecture at […]

CFP: “Women’s Creativity Since the Modern Movement (1918-2018)”

Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception International Conference on 13th til 16th June 2018 – Politecnico di Torino – Lingotto Campus Via Nizza 230 – Torino – Italy Submission of Abstract until 31st of October 2017 After almost four years of successful project activities, and in accordance with […]

Advance Notice: The Queer Ball is back in Neumarkt

The Zurich gay network “Der Kreis” organized regular balls from the 1940s to the 1960s at the Theater Neumarkt. These lavish parties were of great importance to the scene far beyond the country’s borders. The “Milchjugend” awakens this tradition again from its slumber, in order to create a place for the LGBTQIA * -Community to […]

Book Discussion – Desiring Practices

    During one of our lectures, the question came: How, as architect, can we design spaces for everyone ? Are the spaces that we create based on the binary system (male/female) caracterising our societies ? How can we make sure that we create “safe spaces” ? We discussed it long but somehow could not […]

Didi Contractor – Leben im Lehmhaus

Didi Contractor – Leben im Lehmhaus is the title of an 80-minute documentary. The protagonist Didi Contractor has been working as an architect for more than 20 years and by her way of working and her buildings, she creates a  connection between landscape and house. Her buildings and the natural building materials clay, bamboo, boulders […]

Pioneering Women in American Architecture

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Architecture is the global campaign to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women in architecture and to increase female contributors to Wikipedia. “Pioneering Women in American Architecture” asks: why have women’s accomplishments so often been omitted from American architectural history, and how can we correct the record? For the past few years, the […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Prof. Katie Lloyd Thomas “The Architect as Shopper”

  The Architect as Shopper: Women, Electricity, Building Products and the Interwar ‘Proprietary Turn’ in the UK December 7th @ 18h00 HIL H40.4 (Plaza) More information on the GTA website here […]

Lacaton/Vassal or the Architecture of Generosity

The room was full for the conference of Anne Lacaton of Lacaton & Vassal Architects on November 21 at Hönggerberg. Their vision of architecture is simple: to give more and better for less cost And they do that very well ! Their projects go from private houses to public buildings, passing by social housing. This […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Flora Ruchat-Roncati Research Group “Doing Research on Women Architects”

Guest lecture by Eliana Perotti and Katia Frey about their Swiss National Science Foundation funded research project on the life and work of the architect Flora Ruchat-Roncati (1937–2012), who was appointed first female professor at ETH Zurich in 1985 and later became the first female Dean of the Department of Architecture. The talk will introduce […]

Advance Notice: Donna Haraway @ Porny Days – Film & Art Festival

From November 24th to 26th, the 5th edition of the Porny Days – Film & Art Festival will take place at the Rifftraff Kino in Zurich. The festival will present over 50 films and will also be accompanied by performances. On this occasion, the documentary “Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival” by Fabrizio Terranova will […]

Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda – by bell hooks

Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda – by bell hooks – Published in: Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (Boston: South End Press, 1984) In “Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda” bell hooks declares that many participants of the contemporary feminist movement are college educated. But they have not yet thoroughly explored the connection between sexist exploitation […]

Advance Notice: Architektur Film Tage Zürich – Arab Women in Architecture

From November 17 to 19, the first Architektur Film Tage will take place in Zurich and present films from all over the world. The selection shows the diversity of architecture and its relationship to art, history, politics and other topics. On Sunday 19 at 2pm, the movie Arab Women in Architecture is shown. It is a […]

Utopia and Heterotopia

In relation to the text “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” by Michel Foucault. Utopia comes from Greek “Ou” – no and “Topos” – place Utopias are arrangements, which have no real space and that have a general relationship of direct or inverse analogy with the real space of society. They represent society itself brought […]

The Closet

The Empty Closet, Genessee Valley, New York, 1971, Collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History > to be in the closet: do hide one’s homosexuality > get out of the closet: to disclose one’s homosexuality > ante-closet: space before the closet, the space where one selects clothes; space for changing –  an effect […]


Judith Butler developed the notion of performativity in “Gender Trouble” and noted that, “the view that gender is performative shows that what we take to be an internal essence of gender is manufactured through a sustained set of acts, posited through the gendered stylization of the body.” People act differently from others. Butler explains that […]

Heterosexual Matrix

“Heterosexual Matrix” comes from Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble”.  It describes an invisible norm which does not appear to be constructed but comes through as “natural” – a norm that defines everyone and everything as heterosexual until proved differently. The norm inscribes other ways of living with unnaturalness, deviance or invisibility. It is a precondition of […]

Advance Notice: Film screening and discussion at Heldenbar


Advance Notice: Doing Research on Woman Architects – Problems and Potentials: Flora Ruchat-Roncati at ETH

Lecture by Eliana Perotti and Katia Frey – Monday the 27. November 2017 – 10:00 to 11:00 – HIL H 40.9 – ETH Hönggerberg «So wie das Kompositkapitell einer tuskanischen Säule ist meine Dimension vielteilig, zerschnitten, wie zerschnitten und vielteilig diejenige der privilegierten Frauen ist. Frauen, die auf nichts verzichten, nicht einmal auf Ausdrucksräume, die […]

Symposium and Exhibition: AA XX 100. Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association

AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017 International conference, book and exhibition October 7–December 9, 2017 Conference: Women & Architecture in Context 1917-2017: November 2–4 Paul Mellon Centre, London, WC1B 3JA Architectural Association School of Architecture 36 Bedford Square London WC1B 3ES UK Full conference video documentation available here: Autumn 2017 saw the launch […]

Lares – An Association for Gender and Everyday Life Building and Planning

The association Lares  was founded in 2013 in Switzerland. It aims to promote gender and everyday planning and building as a social dimension of sustainability and serves as a networking platform for members. The name comes from Roman mythology: the Lares were the spirits of the places and villages that mounted guard over house, yard and […]


In relationship to the article “(Dis)comfort and Norms” by Sara Ahmed   For a full and detailled description, click here (german) […]

Discussion: “(Dis)comfort and Norms”

Thoughts about the article “(Dis)comfort and Norms” by Sara Ahmed Heteronomativity  “Heterosexuality as a script for an ideal life” states Sara Ahmed at the beginning of her article. Hence, heteronormativity could be described as all the repetition of protocols that we do unconsciously and that we perpetrate; how one should behave to be in the […]

Gender Salon 1 – Zwischen Duschgel und Schweissgeruch – eine Zustandsanalyse

November 9 @ 18h00 Hit4fit, Flüelastrasse 10, 8048 Zürich (Free entrance) Organized by the ZHdK N°1 Im Boxgym: Zwischen Duschgel und Schweissgeruch – eine Zustandsanalyse Wie äussert sich der Aspekt Gender im Design? Welche Assoziationen verbinden wir mit «for men» oder «for women»? Haben wir wirklich so unterschiedliche Anforderungen an Produkte wie Duschgels, Fitness Tracker […]

Unisex Toilets Action at ETH

Last month, a group of student organized a small-scale action in the restrooms of the HIL building at ETH Zürich. During one day, they removed all gender signs on the restrooms door and changed it with a gender-neutral one. They asked afterwards the students to give feedbacks. The reaction were mitigated: “Women take longer to […]

Advance Notice: Talk with Lena Henke

November 9 @ 18:30 ZHdK Lena Henke (born 1982 in Germany) lives and works in New York City and Frankfurt am Main. Henke has studied at the Städelschule Frankfurt under Professor Michael Krebber (2004-2010). Lena Henke has developed a diverse body of sculptural works, often arranged in comprehensive spatial installations. Henke’s work references urban planning, Land […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Anne Lacaton

November 21 @ 18:00 HIL E4 Anne Lacaton (*1955), currently a partner in the architecture firm Lacaton&Vassal, Paris, France, and Associate Professor of Architecture and Design of ETH. Lacaton is an internationally acclaimed architect. Her designs and constructions make a clear statement in support of the human rather than the iconic. She shows great consideration for […]

03.11.2017 @ 11h44

This is the time where women stop being paid considering the gender pay gap between men and women. Mad&Woman Agency, Paris The gender pay gap is a real issue in our society. According to Eurostat, we would need 217 years to obtain an equal pay. 217 years !!! It is too many generations to count. […]

The French Prize of Women Architects 2017

ARVHA, Association for Research about City and Housing, launches in 2017 the 5th edition of The Prize of Women Architects with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Family, childhood, and women’s Rights, the city of Paris and the National council of the Order of Architects.


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