The speakers and program for Transformations : Action on Equity – an extraordinary group of researchers, professionals and activists who are challenging and changing the way we think about gender in the built environment.
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DAY 1, Thursday, 14 November
What has Parlour learned over the last eight years? What ideas can we offer about effective action? Justine Clark and Naomi Stead reflect on the project of advocating for greater gender equity.
Get organised! Action at the grassroots
Many activist groups have emerged in recent years to demand change, support underrepresented groups and shift the image of our professions. What are their motivations and means? What strategies, obstacles and opportunities?
Beyond the binary
From the top: the potential of policy
Gender equity policy has much potential, but how can we ensure it is deployed effectively? How can it gain traction and achieve real change? What are the challenges of putting policy to work?
Emily Grandstaff-Rice (American Institute of Architects), Jocelyn Chiew (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects), Amy Muir (Australian Institute of Architects), Natalie Galea (Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW).
Action in the field – feminist practice
How do practitioners and researchers help create more equitable built environments, which welcome and support underrepresented groups and disadvantaged communities?
Keynote – Activists transforming injustice: This is what change looks like
Dr Sharon Egretta Sutton dares built environment professionals to accomplish an equitable future, not for themselves, but for the society they serve.
She envisions built environment professionals who advance equity by digging deep into the well of feminist know-how. She asks us to facilitate community problem solving around today’s ruinous social and ecological challenges, and offers strategies to do so.
DAY 2, Friday, 15 November
Equity in practice – new workplaces
What role can workplaces play in establishing equitable professional cultures? What has changed in recent years? How do we make the workplaces of the future?
Challenging the canon – rewriting history
How and why do we recover the histories of women’s participation in the built environment? What barriers, assumptions and disciplinary norms are challenged by rewriting built environment histories?
Jude Barber (Voices of Experience, Collective Architecture, Scotland), Madhavi Desai (India), Karen Burns (Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture, MSD) and Sarah Rafson (Now What?!, ArchiteXX, US).
Keynote – Welcoming unruly bodies: Re-thinking social, spatial and material practices
Dr Jos Boys asks how is bodily difference made concrete in specific and inequitable ways in architectural processes? How can we unravel the social, spatial and material practices that turn ordinary difference into differentiation and inequality?
Discussing the work of Matrix and the Disordinary Architecture Project, Jos argues that architecture must make transformative social, spatial and material justice a core part of its responsibilities.
What have we learned and what do we need to do next? A closing panel with young professionals Georgia Birks (Brisbane) and Ekta Nathu (NZ) to reflect on the symposium and invite future action.