From Kitchen to Counter-Space: A Feminist Approach to Architecture and the Built Environment
- Sophie Hochhäusl
- Weitzman School of Design (PennDesign)
- Arts Course Development Grant
Sophie Hochhäusl will research and implement a course in which students and instructors will engage in a debate about architecture and urban space that asks how gender theory and feminism can spearhead new methods of research, objects of study, and ways of seeing buildings, cities, landscapes, and communities that shape them. The course, “From Kitchen to Counter-Space,” places great emphasis on a variety of sources, including architectural texts and objects, but also literature and artworks that theorize and historicize the built environment through a feminist lens. In thinking inclusively about architectural actors and spaces, the course will turn to poetry, manifestoes, novels, and science fiction as well as artworks and performance, alongside models and built works. Future iterations of the course will incorporate collaborative teaching methods, most likely with a faculty partner in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Fine Arts or Literature.