Historically, and in a large extent still today, our cities are designed and built by men. How would our cities look like if they were built by women? Would they look the same? What would be different?
The world is urbanizing quickly. In 2016, an estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements. By 2030, urban areas are projected to house 60 per cent of people globally and one in every three people will live in cities with at least half a million inhabitants (United Nations, 2016). With a growing urban population issues of gender inequality in our cities are more urgent than ever. The inequality also has a cost. World Bank experts have found that poverty incidence tends to be lower in countries with more gender equality. Economic growth and gender equality also appear to be positively correlated (World Bank. (2007). Global Monitoring Report 2007: Millennium
Development Goals— Confronting the Challenges of Gender Equality and Fragile States, p.107)
“The City Through The Eyes of a Woman” communicates and discuss gender issues to inspire the creation of gender equal cities.
Nairobi through the eyes of a woman, featuring 8 women artists from Kenya.
Dreams become architecture
In 2019 we have been pleased to have the architect students Sofia Enqvist and Anna Larsson from Sweden on board the Dadas Connect team. As part of their final thesis Sofia and Anna have been trying to capture the voices and dreams of young women around Baba Dogo and Korogocho and translated that into a beautiful Design Strategy. The central question in their work was how the streets could be reclaimed, how they can become an inclusive public space, Through the Eyes of a Woman.
The strategy is using women's dream spaces as a vision on how to design and create these spaces in reality. Big emphasis on synergy effects have created a proposal that can answer to more than just one issue within the space.
See the whole story and the Design Strategy below: