The relationship between gender and the built environment has predominantly been discussed in Western accounts through a Eurocentric perspective. In this course, we will read a selection of recently-published texts on different cities, historical figures and women’s movements to explore interconnected histories which span across distant cultures and geographies. By comparatively visiting Western Europe, the Middle East, and what has been considered a bridge between the two, Ottoman Turkey, we will set a journey through “the times and spaces of modernity” of the 19th and 20th centuries and hear about concomitant “her-stories” of women, architecture, the city, and the built environment. Through such textual spaces, different representations of these contexts, their similarities and interdependencies will be explored.
ARCH 387J Gender and the Built Environment