International Women's Week: inclusive cities

“Imagine a city designed by women, what would it look like?” We asked you this question in the run-up to International Women's Day on March 8. We were impressed by your many inspiring responses to our question; the discussion around inclusive cities that provide more space for women is clearly of great interest and value. Women's day therefore turned into a week for us. Curious about everything we've shared? Scroll down to get an overview of all the themes we've discussed and the final visual of course!

We, along with your help, are beginning to see that an inclusive city is green, affordable, accessible, healthy and includes tailored facilities that cater to gender, age, culture and beyond. We have also learnt that the method as well as the outcome should be inclusive; from the data we base our planning on, the education system in which we study, who we involve in our design processes and how decisions are made. Many questions still remain regarding an inclusive city but we already have some inspiring answers and initiatives on which to focus. What could you change in your environment today to make it more inclusive?

The final visual

All the feedback finally resulted into this image.

Urbanists from left to right top to bottom:
Elizabeth Wilbraham
Riek Bakker
Odile Decq
Denise Scott-Brown
Yasmeen Lari
Brinda Somaya
Kazuyo Sejima
Beatrix Farrad
Majora Carter


Projects from left to right top to bottom:
Pop-up Winnipeg Public Toilet – Bridgman Collaborative
An)other Vernacular – AFARAI / Afaina de Jong
Central Embassy – Amanda Levete Architects
Aqua Tower – Studio Gang / Jeanne Gang
Speelvijver Beatrixpark – Jakoba “Ko” Mulder
Shibaura house office building - Kazuyo Sejima 
UTEC – Grafton Architects / Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
Seagram Building – Phyllis Lambert, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson
Woonpad concept – Lotte Stam-Beese