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Gendered space in the city

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1. Women, Planning and Urban Design: A Partnership with The London Women and Planning Forum (LWPF)
The London Women and Planning Forum relocated to the School of Geography from the Women’s Design Service in 2003. It aims:

  • To improve the position of women in relation to planning, architecture and urban design
  • To provide the opportunity for women to share experiences of barriers and good practice
  • To promote feminist thinking in the design and use of urban space
  • To establish working partnerships between academics, students and practitioners.

LWPF organizes around three seminars each year (see www.lwpf.org). Events in recent years have included an ESRC-funded seminar series on Capital designs: women and planning in contemporary London. Seminars focused on walking in the city; suburban regeneration; designs for school and play; healthy planning and design; and public space in the city, and extending the focus beyond London, women, planning and design. Other seminar events since then have addressed subjects that include ‘London Olympics: what’s in it for women?’; ‘Women and worship: new approaches to sacred space’; ‘Home, mosque and the street: Muslim women and urban design’; and ‘Space for dance’.


2. Homemaking and material culture in nineteenth-century England and Wales.

This research – undertaken by Lesley Hoskins – investigated the material culture of everyday domestic life in nineteenth-century cities using evidence from household inventories. The project explored practices of home-making by considering the role that the ownership of goods played in shaping the meanings and uses of Victorian domestic spaces. The work was supervised by Dr Alastair Owens in the School of Geography in partnership with Eleanor John from the nearby Geffrye Museum – a museum of historical English interiors, based in Shoreditch, east London (www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/). 

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