Parlour is delighted that WikiD: women, Wikipedia, design was shortlisted for the 2019 Beazley Designs of the Year Award at the London Design Museum, and exhibited in the associated exhibition.
WikiD works to increase the representation of women in architecture and design on Wikipedia, and supports women to get involved in contributing to the world’s most widely read encyclopaedia. WikiD was initiated by Lori Brown of Architexx and developed as a collaboration between Parlour, Architexx (New York) and n-ails (Berlin). In Australia, it is led by Justine Clark, Charity Edwards, Alysia Bennett and Virginia Mannering.
To date over 250 editors have participated around the world, creating more than 200 new entries, and making 150,000 edits to 12,000 articles. The subtlety of these many tiny edits has a significant cumulative effect.
WikiD editors volunteer around the world, actively improving the representation of women in our built environment – on their laptops, wherever there is free wifi. This is a global effort to rewrite architecture and design – in our lunch breaks, on weekends, after work – wherever and however we can. Together we are changing and challenging the conventional story of our disciplines.
WikiD was nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year Award by Dr Jos Boys and shortlisted by guest curator, Beatrice Galilee, the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture & Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
WikiD was established through seed funding from the Wikimedia Foundation. In Australia, ongoing support is provided by Wikimedia Australia, particularly Pru Mitchell.
The WikiD film was produced by Parlour – Justine Clark, Virginia Mannering, and Charity Edwards and Alysia Bennett (Monash University). It was funded by Parlour and Monash University.
Film maker: Shing Hei Ho. Typographer: Catherine Griffiths.