As part of International Anti-Street Harassment week we are pleased to publish Amanda’s piece on feminism and design. Amanda’s piece touches on the evolving nature of buildings and design to focus on women’s needs, and how incorporating women’s needs in design can increase women’s safety in an urban setting.
A Feminist Perspective on the Design of the Built Environment: A Canadian Context
By: Amanda Demers
About the author: I focused this piece on the ever-evolving idea of what it means to design spaces for women. This is a topic that greatly interests me, as these ideas and considerations consistently play a part in my daily life and the lives of many others. With the help of Women in Cities International, more consideration has been given recently as to how the design of urban infrastructure affects women in particular. By way of accommodating women’s needs for increased safety in public space, urban planners could help contribute towards reducing street harassment and gendered violence.