Month: November 2017

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 […]

Performativity

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

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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 […]

Heteronormativity

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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Women in Architecture – take the survey

In August 1975 the magazine AD published an issue on Women in Architecture. It especially presented the result of a survey by the editor, Monica Pidgedon. Shes ent letters out to 100 women architects asking them:  what can women contribute that men can’t (and vice versa) and what are the advantages or a disadvantages of […]