Design and Feminism: Re-visioning Spaces, Places, and Everyday Things

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How well do our designed environments- the places and spaces where we live, work, and play- meet our aesthetic and functional needs? Increasingly, the distinction between the spaces considered public and private or work and home is becoming more blurred. As a result, innovative designs are needed to meet the challenges of our ever-changing environment. Our streets, parks, dwellings and tools are designed to a "one-size-fits-all" standard, and the responses of the design community to meet diverse needs have been mixed at best. Design and Feminism offers feminist critiques of these inadequate design standards, and suggest ideas, projects, and programs for change.

The interdisciplinary essays reflect the writers' diverse fields- architecture, planning, industrial and graphic design, and architectural, urban, and design history.

Essays cover such subject as rethinking the American city, graphic design and the urban landscape, working at home, theories of women and design, and a trio of essays on industrial designs. A review essay of the literature in these fields- the first of its kind- rounds out the collection.

Contributors are Amelia Amon, Wendy E. Brawer, Cheryl Buckley, Sue Cavanagh, Alethea Cheng, Roberta M. Feldman, Etain Fitzpatrick, Alice T. Friedman, Dolores Hayden, Ghislaine Hermanuz, Barbara Knecht, Ellen Lupton, Maggie Mahboubian, Francine Monaco, Nancy Perkins, Victoria Rosner, Joan Rothschild, Susana Torre, Lynne Walker, and Leslie Kanes Weismann.

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Joan Rothschild is a research associate at the Center for Human Environments at the Graduate School and University of New York. She is the author of Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology; and Women, Technology, and Innovation.

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"The essays in Design and Feminism range from experiential reflections to critical inquires of contemporary and historical practices; but all pose wonderfully insightful, intriguing, and viable possibilities for revisioning the landscapes of our lives. The book beckons a wide audience, not simply because of the diversity of ideas covered but also because the language is refreshingly clear and free of jargon." -- Sherry Ahrentzen - professor of architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"There is one central message in this stimulating collection of essays: the built world would work better for everyone if women were more involved in its design." -- Rosalind Williams - dean of students and undergraduate education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This impressive collection of essays by leading scholars and practitioners gives hope for a future where cities, buildings, and objects of daily life will reflect the multifarious needs and desires of women." -- Pat Kirkham - professor of design history, Bard Graduate Center

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