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Jane Rendell

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 4: Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture

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Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture
Tendencies and trajectories: Feminist approaches in architecture
JaneRendell

This chapter provides an overview of shifts in the debate around feminism and architecture over the past 40 years, from the 1970s, when (arguably) feminist debate in architecture first emerged, to the 1990s, when discussions concerning the relationship between gender and space gained strength in the academy, to the contemporary moment. We will see how the key concerns raised by gender and feminist theorists are evident in a wide range of architectural texts and practices, from the analytic to the productive, the interpretative to the speculative, and from those which are clearly aligned with the feminist movement, to those which do not necessarily identify themselves as ‘political’ or motivated by issues concerning ...

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