The fourth month in the Parlour Reading Room investigates equity and the city, exploring the connections between public space and power.
We welcome Hoa Yang and Simona Castricum to reflect on the ‘readings’, the opportunities to disrupt the ways that built environment reinforces power structures and how built environment professionals can contribute to creating more inclusive, accessible and intersectional public environments. Watch the recording below via our Vimeo on Demand channel.
This open, honest and generous conversation touches on the history of trans feminism, the often belittling nature of the “bathroom” topic, the argument for community-led projects and design justice, and the need to think optimistically of more inclusive cities, spaces and futures. Simona and Hoa Yang also speak about the importance of stepping outside architecture, finding strength and community in other places, and getting in touch with popular culture.
The session also includes live book reviewing from Simona, with a range of excellent resources added to our list, plus our usual additions for the ‘Feminist Survival Kit’.
“We can get caught up in talking to each other and patting ourselves on the back and we forget that the projects we design are for ‘normal people’. They don’t necessarily use the space in the way you design. We need to be a bit more cognisant of ‘normal people’.”—Hoa Yang