Design and Feminism: Re-visioning Spaces, Places, and Everyday Things
highlights feminist perspectives on design by architects, urban planners, engineers, educators, curators, and industrial, product, and graphic designers. Editor Joan Rothschild opens the volume with a swift but informative overview of foundational scholarship on topics largely neglected by art history and gender studies: feminism and architecture, women in architectural and design professions, feminist critiques of urban planning and housing, theoretical writing on architecture and gender, feminist studies of geography and space, and the history of women as designers and consumers of industrial, product, and graphic design. Successive essays limit their focus to the four themes of urban and suburban spaces, housing and neighborhoods, product design, and feminist approaches to design process and pedagogy. Black-and-white reproductions of buildings, landscapes, architectural plans, posters, products, logos, and other designed environments and products accompany each essay. While Rothschild’s anthology restricts its scope to feminist inquiry in the United States and Great Britain, Madhavi Desai’s volume on the politics of gender and built forms in India and South Asia, Women and the Built Environment
, provides an entry point for thinking about feminism and design from a non-Western perspective.