READINGS+LECTURES::Architecture+Gender: Feminist Design Power-Tools

June 19, 2013

Meeting 01 25 September INTRODUCTION

Meike Schalk, Brady Burroughs, Katja Grillner, Katarina Bonnevier (2012) ‘Fatale Critical Studies in Architecture’ in Nordic, Vol. 2, 90-96.

Further Reading: Donna Haraway, ‘Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspectives’, in Feminist Studies, pp. 575–599, 1988.

Meeting 02 2 October FEMINIST MANIFESTOS

Katherine Shonfield, ‘Premature Gratification and Other Pleasures’ in This is What we do: a muf manual, London: Elipsis London, 2001.

Leslie Kanes Weisman, ‘Women’s Environmental Rights: A Manifesto’ in Jane Rendell, Barbara Penner, Iain Borden, eds, Gender Space Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction, London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 1-5.

LECTURE One: Lisa Deurell and Frida Bostrom of Kvinnors Byggforum

Practice: See muf architecture/art website:

For a list of feminist manifestos see: Brooklyn

Museum Feminist Art Base,

Meeting 03 9 October ALTERING PRACTICES

Doina Petrescu, ‘Altering Practices’ in Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space, London: Routledge, 2007.

Lori Brown, ‘Introduction’ Lori Brown, ed., Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture, London: Ashgate, 2011.

LECTURE Two: Ramia Mazé, Critical (design) Practice

Practice: See atelier d’architecture autogérée website:

Nishat Awan, Tatjana Schneider, Jeremy Till, eds, Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture, London: Routledge, 2011.

Re·Architecture exhibition, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, 12 April 2012-20 August 2012

Meeting 04 16 October BODY-BUILDING

Elizabeth Diller, ‘Bad Press’ in Francesca Hughes, ed. The Architect Reconstructing her Practice, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996, pp. 74-95.

Georges Teyssot, ‘The Mutant Body of Architecture’ in Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Flesh: Architectural Probes, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 1994.

LECTURE Three: Thérèse Kristiansson from Mycket ( and The New Beauty Council (


See the work of Niki de Saint Phalle (there is currently an exhibition of her work at Modernamuseet Stockholm)

See the work of body and performance artist Orlan,;

See the work of Cindy Sherman,;

See the work of Marina Abramović,ć Elles exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 27 May 2009 – 11 February 2011,

Further reading

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, ‘How to Make Yourself a Body Without Organs’ in A Thousand Plateaus, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987.

Meeting 05 06 November ARCHI-TECHNO-GIRLS

Zoe Sofia, ‘Container Technologies’ in Hypatia Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2000, pp. 181-200.

Donna Haraway, ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ in Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, London: Free Association Books, 1991, pp. 149-

Lecture Four: Ulrika Knagenhielm-Karlsson SERVO Stockholm; KTH Architecture Performative studio


See Louise Bourgeois’s cells and sketches (also undertake a simple google image search for ‘Louise Bourgeois’s cells’):

Ulrika Karlsson and Marcelyn Gow, SERVO

Alyssa Andrasek, BioThing, -François Roche and Stephanie Lavaux, R&Sie,

Further Reading: Elizabeth Grosz, ‘Woman, Chora, Dwelling’ in Jane Rendell, Barbara Penner, Iain Borden, eds, Gender Space Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction, London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 1-5.

Meeting 06 20 November ÉCRITURE FEMININE

Hélène Cixous, ‘Coming to Writing’ in Hélène Cixous, Coming to Writing and Other Essays, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Jane RendellSite-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism, London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.

Lecture Five: Katja Grillner, Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Architecture, and Architecture in Effect (Strong Research Environment)


Julieanna Preston, ‘Blazing Interalia: Tropes of a Femnist Spatial Practice,’ in Lori A. Brown, ed. Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2011.

Brigid McLeer, ‘Stray Sod: Eight dispositions on feminine space and writing’ in Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space, London: Routledge, 2007.

Further Reading

Gilles Deleuze, ‘Literature and Life’ in Gilles Deleuze: Essays Critical and Clinical, Daniel W. Smith trans., London: Verso, 1998, pp. 1-6.

Meeting 07 4 December MATERIALIST ETHICS

Jane Bennett, ‘A Vitalist Stopover on the Way to a New Materialism’ in Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, eds. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010, pp. 47-69.

Peg Rawes, ‘Introduction’; ‘Touching and Sensing’ in Peg Rawes, Irigaray for Architects, London: Routledge, 2007.

Lecture Six: (NOTE to be held Thursday 5 December 2013): Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

Practice: Mierle Ukeles ‘Sanitation Manifesto’ (1984), also reproduced in Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz (eds) Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art (1996)

See the work of Margit Bruenner:

Helen Stratford, ‘Unpleasant Matters’ in Katie Lloyd Thomas, Material Matters: Architecture and Material Practice, London: Routledge, 2007.

Yve Alain Bois and Rosalind E. Krauss, curators, L’Informe: Mode de’emploi, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 22 May-26 August, 1996 and Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind E. Krauss, Formless: A User’s Guide, New York: Zone Books, 1997. See review:

Further reading: Verena Andermatt Conley, ‘Eco-Subjects’ in Verena Andermatt Conley, ed. Rethinking Technologies, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993, pp. 77-91.

Meeting 09 WEEK 50 Thursday 12 December 13.00-16.30 CONCLUSION: PRESENTATIONS in A4


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