What is a transfeminist city like?

INTERVENTIONS IN THE PUBLIC SPACE + PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH + PEDAGOGICAL-POLITICAL PROCESSES

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, 2019

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CITY OF DESIRE

 

Modern cities have taken the male body as a neutral and universal model, forgetting the existence of other bodies also present in the city: women, children, the elderly, but also queer and trans people, and other identities.

City of Desire ("Ciudad del Deseo" in Spanish) seeks to address the problem of gender equality starting from the spatial dimension. In this sense, we try to denaturalize the configuration of the city by making visible, through different strategies, the way in which the design of urban and domestic space is far from neutral, while demonstrating that we inhabit cities designed and planned from an androcentric view. Likewise, our intention is to generate spaces of exchange and dialogue that allow us to identify the unequal treatment and development that has resulted in a binary organization  of spaces and daily life in the city.

We are an interdisciplinary team (architects, sociologists, anthropologists, communicators, geographers, landscapers, urban planners, social workers, lawyers, among other disciplines) of 20 folks working in government, academia and activism in relation to urban issues and habitat, with gender at the centre of our perspective. As a collective we are facilitating workshops in universities and schools, doing research, and carrying out public actions through mappings and participatory research in significant spaces.