The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 4: Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture
Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture
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 ...