The Making Spaces blog takes a pause for the time being. Meanwhile, the women behind the project are thinking up the next big steps to take. Keep an ear out in the coming months...
Gliding through the streets on my bike, Christof Zwiener's artist-run project space Tacho KREUZBERG came as a surprise, even with Google maps as my guide. Nestled within a playground Am Wassertorplatz, this tranquil location hosts an exhibition by Birte Endrejat entitled 'It's all Yours.'.
What are the links between performance and the everyday human flows ? Gomenes is a project set up by Netting the Work's Eva Giannakopoulou and Rilène Markopoulou that took place last April 2016 in the framework of the Athen Biennale. Let's discover another attempt to examine gender stereotypes.
On a recent visit to Copenhagen, Making Spaces caught up with blogger Sandra Hoj to hear about her pragmatic, ever critical approach to issues of urbanism in a city that is widely regarded as being the most liveable in the world.
Fresh back from Venice, Miriam Stoney reflects on her highlight of the Architecture Biennale (curated by three women!) and why it is so much more than just a place to dip your feet.
On Friday 20th May, Making Spaces (under the experienced wing of Niche Berlin) teamed up with Creamcake to curate the NIGHT SHIFT at the beautiful Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg. As part of the 36-hour Factory of Thought, we presented 8 hours of heady beats and tantalising tipples to launch the blog in a big way.
Pictures will be online soon
THANKS TO the prize she will study the typology of collective housing, with investigations from historical precedents in the former Soviet Union to solar kitchens of India and kitchenless dwellings in Korea and Japan.
Art historian and co-founder of Niche Berlin Stefanie Gerke is sadly accustomed to seeing discursive events headed by solely men. In this thinkpiece she makes the case against all male panels. It could make a big difference to the way we think about many things.
Niche Berlin co-founder and Making Spaces initiator Nele Heinevetter looks to the programme of the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale to find inspiring architectural practice by women.
Talking of inspirational women: we’d like to introduce Luba Michailova und Victoria Ivanova. Successful businesswomen and founder of Izolyatsia Foundation, human rights-lawyer and brilliant art theorist, they bring new perspectives to Eastern Ukraine and this year's Venice Biennale.
London-hailing, Berlin-based writer and editor Fiona Shipwright presents the work of Laurel Ptak, shedding light on the contemporary realities of digital space - and in turn, illuminating the ideological and functional frameworks that structure initiatives like Making Spaces.
"Maybe we need to start recognising that the information architecture and code used in constructing a website are equally like architecture in physical space — on some level it embodies ideologies and controls our behaviour.”
Last week TU Berlin Urban Design student and graduate of Metropolitan Culture Andrea Protschky joined Stadtkuratorin for the International Festival on Feminism and Public Space. She responds to the different viewpoints that were presented with her own realisations.
In hysterical times like these, we need to challenge our presumptions. At the Festival on Feminism and Public Space from May 4th-7th in Hamburg, international artists, performers, theoreticians and activists questioned current public narratives of migration, gender roles and material reproduction conditions. As part of the project Stadtkuratorin, the event took place at the art university HFBK and the dance and performance platform Kampnagel.
Art historian and L'Espace Féminin co-initiator Christina Landbrecht shares her thoughts on a remarkable - yet obscure - woman architect.
Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo is a perfect example of how long it may take for an interesting female architect to get some media attention. So far there are two books about her work and some articles in magazines such as Baumeister or Architectural Design. The reception of her work started around 2006 after she had already been working for 40 years in Sicily, where she was born in 1952. She lives, as she admits, a remote life, which makes it even hard for anyone to simply reach her by phone.
I, for one, have never thought seriously enough about Grafton Architects. I first became aware of their work when I visited the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, back in 2014. This exhibition was an enthralling series of site-specific installations by various architectural firms, each exploring a different aspect of architectonic space. The monumental wooden structures by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton recreated the incremental differences of sun- and moonlight in space. The bold, brutish shapes made a stark impression, but the effects of the light were subtle and softly appealing. One senses this subtlety in their built projects time and time again.
This article in the New York Times documents a variety of viewpoints of women working in architecture. It's so important to hear from the people who truly experience gender in their workplace, to come to understand what prejudices exist in spatial practices.
"First, the good news: The number of black women licensed to practice architecture in the United States has quadrupled over the past 15 years. The bad news? That number is still only 196." A thought provoking article in Architect Magazin highlights the disparity in numbers of the most marginalised sections of American society. The issues faced by women in architecture should be seen in intersection with the issues faced by people of colour and those who are generally less privileged. As a professional field required a great deal of education and networking, architecture is inherently exclusive. White women are thus significantly better represented in the field than women of other ethnicities - as the statistics show us quite clearly.
A great article by Debbie Cameron in her blog "language: a feminist guide" reflecting upon the death of Zaha Hadid and the use of the word "female" in this matter. We have also come up against this lexical problem in L'Espace Féminin. Our personal approach has been to stick with "woman/women" in spite of the grammatical clumsiness of the phrasing. With this, we wish commit to a social frame of reference, and not a biological one.
We stumbled upon an initiative that we feel has many echoes with our own: Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons.
L'Espace Féminin is one of many groups seeking to redress the gender imbalance in the professional world of architecture and other spatial practices. Miriam Stoney reflects on these similar initiatives, with a concern for how our project ought to develop in the future.