With a neighborhood designed by women for women at its edge, the city of Vienna seeks to establish some equality between men and women, in fairness to the long-marginalized feminine architecture.
The city has been working intensively since 2012 to construct 12,000 new homes in buildings with pleasant facades, mostly designed by women, on the site of an old airport that occupies an area of 240 hectares. Read also Why do women make the most rational decisions when under stress? Imperfect representation even on the moon… How many women were named after its craters, and who are they? These are the richest women in the world in 2021.. What is the nationality of the richest woman? Twitter allows a new display language to address Arab women in the feminine form
Women build the city
This huge workshop is located in the middle of fields surrounding a lake, and the goal is to have a population of more than 20,000 by 2030, compared to 8,300 currently.
In Szestad “Women build the city”, a slogan written in bold letters on the walls, and women’s names are given to the streets, there is the street of philosopher Hannah Arendt, the street of singer Janis Joplin, and even Bibi Longstocking Street, the character of the series of children’s novels by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. .
“92% of Vienna’s streets honor men,” said Wojciech Chaya, who organizes an exhibition of 18 female architects that has been open since May 10 in one of the district’s squares.
He stressed that “this does not at all reflect the image of society,” considering that “assigning the names of new spaces in the city to politicians, musicians or mathematicians is a beautiful idea.”
If the Szestadt district honors women’s work and contribution, the fact is that women have long been building residential spaces on five continents, as this profession has been widely invaded by women, although they rarely gain fame.
For example, a city-garden project in 1912 won an international competition to design Canberra, the capital of Australia, and the jury sided with the work of American Marion Mahoney Griffin, whose watercolors distinguished from the collection of men’s designs, but the official honor went to her partner and husband.
Delete women from the photo
“Women are often omitted from the picture,” exhibition co-organiser Katja Schechter said sarcastically. “In 2012, Lou Winnio’s husband alone won the Pritzker Prize, while the pair have always worked together.”
Zaha Hadid was the first to be honored by the award
Only in 2004 did this prestigious award honor a woman, when the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid won it. After that, the pace picked up, with awards given to Kazuyo Sejima in 2010, Karmi Begum in 2017, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 2020, and finally Ann Lacaton in 2021.