In episode seven we chat about women in architecture; Dr Julia King and her Potty Project and Lori Brown’s feminist perspective on politised spaces.
“Design is not a passive act, it is a critical engagement with community and you have to be cognizant of the power that you have and how you use it” | Lori Brown
She calls herself a feminist, activist architect! Co-founder of ArticheXX a women and architecture group in New York City. Author of Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospital which investigates how legislation affects politicized and securitized spaces.
“If we can bring more awareness to young female students and women already out in the profession about how to be better negotiators and to speak up and speak out about what we are worth it will immediately start to change the conversation” | Lori Brown
Dr Julia King
Known for her work designing and implementing the potty project – sewage and sanitation systems in rural India.
“… now sanitation for me isn’t just about shit, but it is a woman’s issues and something I have become really passionate about. So I think my inspiration comes from exposure to people and their hopes/aspirations.” | Dr Julia King
She travelled to India to complete her PhD by practice, thinking she would create buildings or schools for the local community. She soon realised she needed to concentrate on designing what the community truly needed.
“What I mean by the process is that if we look athe production of ‘place’ – whether this is a house or a party wall – I believe the architecture is in the institutional order and location rather than just the process that results in a building – i.e the build up. And so when you talk about that process – and let’s say specifically institution building – this is when we can start designing inclusive environments where people can fulfil their capacities” | Dr Julia King