Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Department

Architecture

First Advisor

Hansy Better

Second Advisor

Ijlal Muzaffar

Third Advisor

Jonathan Knowles

Abstract

There is something reassuring about belonging to a space. In patriarchal societies, there is a perceptible manifestation of gender that is constructed into spaces. The street and a public life contain within it the notions of movement that is unrestrained and free. These are attributes of a space that men identify with and an unintended consequence has resulted in public spaces being demarcated as male domains. This notion is embedded in how women experience life everyday, as they are accustomed to the idea that public spaces and streets are only spaces they pass through to reach destinations and not enjoy as a flâneuse . To me, a site must establish human relationships and human contact. Without it, it is meaningless. The site is a condition that exists both in the conscious and in the unconscious. The program addresses the relationship between the genders and attempts to dismantle the biases.

It challenges the construction of gender in 3 scales

BODY

HOME

STREET

How can boundaries of social construct be pushed to liberate women through their bodies, their homes and their streets?

How can women claim spaces and legitimate their right to belong in society as equals?

How can space be reconstructed to allow for changed perceptions to take over?

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