Women in Architecture takes shape
Last year, nai010 announced the Documents and Histories project: a series of publications and events highlighting missing voices in architecture. Both the book and the public program are now taking shape.
Despite significant contributions to the field, research and publications on women's voices in architecture are scarce. Stories about female architects seem to have dissapeared in history and are often lacking in book collections (including ours). With the Documents and Histories project, nai010, in collaboration with partners such as AIR, the Nieuwe Instituut and Arcam, aims to bring those stories back to the surface.
In February, the editors met at the publishing house to brainstorm with AIR about the kickstart of this project. In honor of the publication of the first book Women in Architecture in mid-June (during Rotterdam Architecture Month), a symposium will be organized, connecting the history and future of women in architecture. Attention will be paid to the various themes in the book such as authorship, archives, vocabulary and the feminist city. Experiences of women architects from history will be linked to the contemporary practice. More details about the program, date and time will be announced later.
About the book
This first publication is a many-facetet exploration of multivocality in architecture. Catja Edens reflects on the diverse roles of women in architecture. Lara Schrijver's essay strives for a shift from rivalry to cooperation within the design practice. Indira van 't Klooster develops a vocabulary that offers handles for new analyses. Setareh Noorani focuses on the developments and potential of alternative ways of archiving. And Carolina Quiroga writes about the feminist and participatory architecture of Wilhelmina Jansen and Ada Kuiper-Struyk. Additionally, the first publication includes contributions from Rixt Hoekstra, Ellen van Kessel, Maria Novas Ferradás, Erica Smeets-Klokgieters, Lidewij Tummers and Linda Vlassenrood.