kmt / n-o-m-a-d    office for architecture, landscape & urbanism member of n-o-m-a-d
urban gender
Urban Gender
(Vienna, Austria), Study, 2007-2008

Program: Urban Gender Study
Client: MA 57, Leitstelle für Alltags- und Frauengerechtes Planen und Bauen, Stadtdirektion Wien, Vienna, AT
With: Karin Dobbler
The research seeks to review whether and how a gendered urbanism is being discussed and practiced in an English-speaking context, in order to establish possible new inputs for the city of Vienna.

The defined goals included:
- the identification of any new applied theories, projects, and/or methods to be found in the English language literature of planning and urbanism, relevant to gender and social justice.
- the identification of any projects, completed and/or in planning, which can be reviewed for gender mainstreaming efforts or consequences.
- a search for tested methods of evaluation which can be used for reviewing urban plans and projects.

In the end, no specific methods for developing an urban plan with gender mainstreaming were found, nor were specific evaluation techniques for gender mainstreaming and urbanism. However, some recent essays and books on gender and planning or urbanism were located, and these are listed and have been purchased, when possible.

The work has focused on literature and internet research, as well as brief personal interviews, and has given attention to three main sections of information:
1) theory of gender and urbanism: what new literature has emerged on the subject, who are the key authors in the English-speaking world, and what main themes are usually addressed?

2) government policy: what policies do urban governments have in place for addressing gender issues in the urban realm, and specifically for urban plans? What impact have these had on professional practice?

3) Evaluation Methods and Projects: Some examples of best practice and evaluation methods, mainly from the U.K. have been outlined and included. A number of new and recent projects have been identified and information collected on each. A few have been chosen and reviewed and analyzed in more detail. In addition, some innovative methods used in planning and urbanism have also been included.