Journal of the Indian institute of architects (JIIA)

87 | Ar. Trishla Chadha

Separate but Equal? Understanding Gender Dynamics and Its Implications for Gender-Inclusive Design - Ar. Trishla Chadha

Architecture is an artistic field that creates a spatial system in a specific social context, with a distinct identity, the causes and effects of which are still unclear. To embed architecture with spatial identity, it should have a social dimension. The tense relationship between architecture and gender is not new, but it is a topic that has been investigated since the 1960s. Through the diverse behaviours and experiences of its inhabitants, the city is gendered. It shapes us differently, not only because of physical differences but also because of growing differences in gender roles that shape how we need, use and perceive the city. This may be accomplished by creating a safe and inclusive environment enabling women to pursue their individual aspirations. This paper examines the current literature regarding the gender-sensitive approach to urban planning and management of public spaces. The objective was to determine the vulnerabilities and impact of gender on spaces through existing research focused on historical and contemporary women domains governing the spatial perceptions and explore potential planning interventions. The methodology follows an inductive research approach and uses the arbitrary method for analytical research through scholarly writings.  The argument for this consequence makes the statement that people's behaviour and accordingly, the way in which spaces are utilised is shifting and that this results in gender-based urban development.


Gender-based Development, Environmental psychology, Space syntax, Inclusive cities, Attention economy, Cyber-feminism.

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