'Women Build The City': Vienna's Space For Female Architects
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sat 19th June 2021 | 01:40 PM
Women may hold up half the sky, but when it comes to designing the public spaces and buildings in which they live, their voices have too often been silenced
Vienna, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jun, 2021 ) :Women may hold up half the sky, but when it comes to designing the public spaces and buildings in which they live, their voices have too often been silenced.
It exemplifies how the city is trying to make urban space more inclusive, from brighter lights to broader pavements that make room for pushchairs, and how female architects and designers are driving the change.
The new Seestadt district has been in the throes of development since 2012, a sprawling building site on the city's eastern edge that is projected to expand from its 8,300 population now to 20,000 by 2030.
Giant letters on hoardings around some of the construction sites proclaim "Women build the city".
The developers and bankers who often make the crucial decisions when it comes to urban development are still overwhelmingly male, says Sabina Riss, an architect and university researcher who studies the relationship between gender and urban planning.
As well as being heavily involved in the design of the new buildings in Seestadt, women also take centre stage when it comes to naming the new streets.
The district is also hosting a new exhibition showcasing female architects that runs until October 15.
According to architect Carla Lo -- who herself has contributed designs for one of Seestadt's interior courtyards -- Vienna's planning policies have been refreshed since Kathrin Gaal in 2018 became the first woman to head the city's powerful housing department, overseeing an annual budget of more than a billion Euros ($1.2 billion).
"Since she has been there, suddenly the particular needs of single mothers are considered when tenders go out for projects," Lo says.
Having given her input to the development of Seestadt, Gaal says she wants the exhibition there to encourage other women "to make their visions reality".