On the 14th and 15th of November 2019 the international CLAIMING*SPACES Conference hosted its participants and guests with a broad range of talks, discussions, workshops and performances within the framework of ARCHIDIPLOMA 2019.
The conference asked questions about the connections and dynamics that lead to a so-called leaky pipeline for women in architecture and spatial planning.
The pointing out of the lack of feminist actors and perspectives served as a starting point for the discussion. It was not only about women's difficult career opportunities, but also about whether the people who create the built environment as a group should not be as diverse as those who use it.
The CLAIMING*SPACES collective invited students, teachers, planners and researchers from the fields of architecture and spatial planning as well as interested parties to participate in the discourse in the form of discussions, lectures and workshops and to jointly design feminist positions and tools for a different kind of architecture and spatial planning. The conference was public & free of charge.
Women in Architecture + Planning
The roundtable seeks reflection and international exchange of experiences, practices and approaches in architecture and planning towards developing feminist strategies for spatial questions.
Elke Krasny (Cultural Theorist, Curator, Urban Researcher, Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna)
Bernadette Krejs (Claiming Spaces Collective, TU Wien)
Katharina Bayer (Einszueins Architektur, Vienna)
Ievgeniia Gubkina (Urban Art Forms Center, Kharkiv)
Petra Petersson (Realarchitektur Berlin, Dean Faculty of Architecture, TU Graz)
Milota Sidorova (Co-founder & Directur Women of Prague Public Space, WP Prague)
Lina Streeruwith (StudioVlayStreeruwitz, Vienna)
100 Minutes of Designing Feminist Activism
Presentation of feminist collectives, research and design projects, buildings, books, diplomas and initiatives.
Marlene Wagner (TU Wien)
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes & Dubravka Sekulic
Birgit Miksch & Maria Myskiw
Claiming*Spaces Workshop Report
Who defines what 'good' architecture is? How can we reveal architecture's self-defined objectivity and neutrality? Why not think of an (built) environment where there is room for all of us?
Melanie_Mo Hartmann (Claiming*Spaces Collective)
Julia Wieger (Architect, Researcher and Curator, Vienna)
Inge Manka (Claiming*Spaces Collective, TU Wien)
Katarina Bonenvier (Mycket, Stockholm)
Ingrid Ruudi (Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn)
Julischka Stengele (Transdisciplinary Artist, Vienna)
The Feminist Eco-Panel, Housing Queer Ecologies
Expressing a plurality of feminisms, this panel is composed of emerging and established researchers, artists and architects connected through their educational processes of knowledge transfer and production, and through their ongoing collaborations. The panel aims to create a space that is squatted by case-studies and explorations that are not yet part of the architectural canon.
Karin Reisinger (TU Wien)
Aleksandra Bogdanovic(TU Wien)
Emma Carlén (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) Hélène Frichot (KTH Stockholm)
Matilde Mork (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) Melanie_Mo Hartman (Claiming*Spaces Collective, TU Wien)
Kenneth Loe (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) Suzana Milevska (Visual Cultural Theorist and Curator, Skopje)
Thus, we foster theoretical approaches capable of responding to different sites of engagement by using exemplary feminist concepts – or concept-tools as Hélène Frichot calls them. We address reproduction and reproducibilities in relation to ecologies; theories of dirt; and forms and formats of intersectionality. We further present an attempt to embed Vienna‘s Türkis Rosa Lila Villa into architectural discourse; we explore ways of queerly sensing Singapore‘s Hort Park; and we intertwine complex subject-object and material relationships with geologies , performing and dancing (with) fish and design. In all the above explorations feminist theories and concepts are deployed not to limit an understanding of specific sites and case studies, but to allow for the dissemination of broader effects and far reaching reverberations.