IHBC’s ‘IHMO’ signpost 1: ‘What if mothers or teenagers designed our cities?’

river and buildingsAn opinion piece in the Guardian by Christine Murray (founder of the Women in Architecture Awards) invites us to consider what our cities would look like if cities reflected their diverse populations, prompted by a recent architectural visualisation of a proposed London development where those featured were overwhelmingly able bodied and white.

image of Greenwich Peninsula: By Kleon3 – Own work,
CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44805834

Christine Murray writes:

‘Most architecture graduates think they’re designing access ramps for the odd wheelchair, not every child under three’… ‘Architects are overwhelmingly male and pale, young and privileged, and there are legitimate concerns about them designing our cities in their image..’ ‘If teenagers designed cities, charging your phone would be a human right’.

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