Dr. Katia Frey, Dr. Eliana Perotti, Susanne Businger lic. phil.
Feminine theory of urban design. Women’s texts and proposals for the city (18th-21th centuries)
The subject is designed – on the basis of women’s texts of various genres and provenances, dating from the 18th century to the present day – to document the contribution made by women to urban-planning discourse, i.e. their share in the production of urban space. The aim of this investigation is to trace a possible ‘other’ theory of urban planning that explicitly draws on social commitment and reforming concerns as its sources, and which focuses on society. To explore this complex subject, this project is intended to be of interest to (female and male) researchers from the historical disciplines, sociology, anthropology and the political sciences. The main topics of the research will be: Theories of space. Production and use of space: public and private space; concrete and abstract space, etc.; Theory formation: text genres as strategies, critique of the city, new paradigms, biographies and spheres of influence, etc. Concepts of residence and urban planning: new models, apartment and kitchen as a micromodel of the city, detached houses and suburban districts in green areas as tools for segregation, etc.