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Assumptions and Consequences: A contextual feminist analysis of the ‘failure’ of Robin Hood Gardens

Undergraduate Dissertation by Hannah Back, University of Cambridge, 2022. Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Peter and Alison Smithson, completed in 1972, has been employed as a site for a contextualised critical feminist analysis. Since its inception Robin Hood Gardens has been a contentious building. From an architectural perspective it was critiqued for failing to progress Read More

Scenario for a Human Drama: Women and Domestic Space in Korean Cinema.

Undergraduate Dissertation by Sang Wee, University of Cambridge, 2022. This paper explores how women navigate Korean domestic space by using the medium of fiction films. This is based on the belief that cinema can be used to examine everyday, domestic practices that are engrained in cultural contexts and spatial typologies; this paper specifically focuses on Read More

Collage of different stickers and pamphlets in German and English

Living archives

Like queerness, archives are all around us. Archives are merely networks intended to bear witness to experience: to learn (absorb new knowledge) and to teach (make this knowledge accessible to others). Traditional archives—i.e. those physical or digital collections that seek to document and organise material traces for posterity—are typically limited by the simple fact that Read More

How is space gendered?

A central question for feminists involved in the built environment in the 1970s and ’80s was trying to unravel how we could analyse the gendering of space, across a multitude of complexities and intangibles. The word sexism had not yet been invented, and the commonsense assumption within architecture was that built space was neutral and Read More

What makes an archive feminist?

When Julia Dwyer and I started discussing what made an archive ‘feminist’ – and in particular one that was about architecture – we came to this problem as people with little experience of archiving. Instead we were interested because of our very involvement in what we were aiming to archive – the works of Matrix Read More