The series of talks on architecture is an attempt to find answers to the questions of whether modern cities are friendly to all their inhabitants, how strong stereotypical thinking about public space is, and whether women definitely feel safe and comfortable in this space. Accessibility of toilets in public places, adjusting the environment for mothers with children or people with disabilities are extremely common problems in cities. Specialists Agata Twardoch, Joanna and Wojciech Małecki, Przemo Łukasik and Tomasz Borkowski answer questions about the city’s architecture.

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Many studies confirm that what we define as “universal” turns out to be mainly aimed at men. Unfortunately, this approach is to the detriment of women, because  In the name of so-called. simplification forgets their needs, causing (often unconscious) exclusion. This is very evident, for example, in the urban space. Mostly in details such as cobblestones on sidewalks, grating at entrances to markets, lack of adequate lighting in streets and squares, and too few sports and recreational facilities suitable for girls’ abilities and interests.

But it’s also the inadequate number of women’s restrooms in restaurants or concert halls, or the complete disregard in thinking about public spaces of mothers – both nursing mothers and those with strollers or small children.As you can see, what on the surface seems objective is often characterized by a male view of the world.
So is there a way to balance the designs to make them both male and female friendly? Perhaps when planning urban infrastructure, it is worthwhile to do so together with women? We will try to answer these questions together with specialists: Agata Twardoch, Joanna and Wojciech Malecki, Przemo Lukasik and Tomasz Borkowski.


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