Collections Citations

Annamaria Prandi on I love Dick

Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick is both a novel and an essay on the role of women (and men) in our society, whose story is based on her own life. Chris is a flailing middle-aged indie film-maker married to Sylvere, a famous literary scholar 15 years her senior. The marriage has slipped into a sexless […]

22 May, 2022

Naomi Caruso on Rimon

I chose this magazine, Rimon (in Hebrew/Milgroim in Yiddish the word for pomegranate), a large format, trail blazing, glossy magazine for the arts and letters with a focus on Jewish art of the past and the present, because it was co-founded by Rachel Bernstein Wischnitzer, who acted as its art editor. The vision and ambition […]

21 May, 2022

Anne Hultzsch on A Tour in Switzerland

Helen Maria Williams was a contemporary of Mary Wollstonecraft and the two met at the time of the French Revolution in Paris, both British and both women concerned with politics. Williams sided with the moderate faction of the Girondists, was imprisoned for a time under the reign of terror and soon undertook a journey to […]

12 May, 2022

Anne Hultzsch on Journal of a Residence in Chile

Besides contributing to art criticism and historiography, Maria Graham (1785-1842, née Dundas and later Lady Callcott) was most successful at publishing the diaries of her travels. In these, she drew on a range of registers, from aesthetic and scientific to economic and political, besides that of gender. It is this range of approaches to understanding […]

12 May, 2022

Niels Olsen on El Planeta Film Companion

Before having the chance to see Ulmann’s film, I came across this printed matter accompanying its release. Very interested in her new work after a few years of pause since her infamous on self-exposure and foreseeing the increasing dominance of social media – Ulmann a “jeune-fille”, an amateur “avant la lettre”. The booklet invitation as well Natasha Stagg, […]

25 April, 2022

Linda Sjøqvist on Les Orageuses

This book takes you literally by the guts. You are captivated but also disgusted. However, you have to face a truth, you are not scared of a space, you are scared of a specific specimen, men. Why are we scared at night, walking, biking or driving home alone ? What is the problem of today’s […]

28 March, 2022

Blanca Vives on Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

The architecture of bias in artificial intelligence “Seeing men as the human default is fundamental to the structure of human society”. This is the premise under Caroline Criado’s book. The text depicts how female perspective and needs have often been envisioned as a deviation of men’s and thus have been misrepresented in all aspects of […]

9 February, 2022

Laura Evans and Finian Reece-Thomas on Purple Hibiscus

Adichie’s rich and immersive descriptions of interiors, gardens, climate and the changing seasons serve to situate fictional events within a world so tangible that it is hard to leave it behind even when the book is finished. Her domestic settings in particular unfurl to reveal the hidden structures of class, religion and power that underpin […]

12 January, 2022

Marta Vives on Écrire

Writing itself is a privileged house. A communication within walls which you can either share or keep private. A whole structure of expression and meditation that its revelation is as active as the writer’s intention. The bricks and the feathers of writing are accurately clear and blurry at the same time. Whereas most of the […]

10 January, 2022

Tatjana Blaser on The Argonauts

this book is a must! i received it as a gift from my flatmate for my study of gender identity and found it to be the best guide for the birth of my child. no other book could prepare me for the birth as well and, above all, as honestly as this one.

7 January, 2022

Tatjana Blaser on Der Fall Franza

for anyone who has nightmares, this book is worse. with every fibre, these page-long sentences (i am not exaggerating at all) draw the reader into a dark, unhappy, very weighted spell. i find bachmann is gifted like no other, using incredible literary skill to bring feelings to life in me whose existences i was not […]

7 January, 2022

Tatjana Blaser on GRM. Brainfuck.

a book that i read in the 8th month of pregnancy and actually made me even more afraid of the life that was to come for my child. it is different, it is understandable, it is annoying, but only because you actually know what it says, you just don’t actually want to know it. it […]

7 January, 2022

Lorena Bassi on Fahrten einer Paria

Escaping her violent husband and her life in France, Flora Tristan embarked on a journey to Peru in 1833 to find her estranged Peruvian family and seek her father’s inheritance to gain financial independence. Tristan returned to France in 1834 and published her travelogue of Peru under the name Pérégrinations d’une Paria 1833– 1834 in […]

6 January, 2022

Jane Hall on Beatrix Potter’s Places

Jane Hall begins her Introduction to Woman Made, Great Woman Designers (2021), with a reflection on Alison Smithson’s analysis of Beatrix Potter: Few contemporary designers would cite children’s book author Beatrix Potter as an obvious source of inspiration for interior design. For mid-century British architect Alison Smithson, however, Potter’s fictional rendering of Peter Rabbit’s home and […]

16 December, 2021

Eric Crevels on Canteiros da Utopia

Silke Kapp is a professor of Architecture and Urbanism in the Escola de Arquitetura of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The book Canteiros da Utopia, whose title can be translated as Construction Sites of Utopia, is the result of her Post-doc research in Urban Sociology from the Bauhaus Universiteit […]

16 December, 2021

NW

Rosie Gibbs-Stevenson on NW

Although her novels are fictional, Zadie Smith’s artful depictions of the city are profoundly spatial. Her stories are predominantly located in and around Willesden in North West London where she grew up, dealing with intersecting themes of race and class, encountering diasporic communities, economic inequality and gentrification. In her 2012 novel NW, she locates scenes […]

9 December, 2021

Elizabeth Darling on The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture

This fascinating volume offers an invaluable transnational perspective on the significant and wide-ranging nature of women’s agency in the making of the built environment. From the early modern period to the present day, the case studies it presents interrogate and challenge our understandings of the interaction between gender and architecture. Editor Anna Sokolina writes: The […]

9 November, 2021

Hochparterre on Frauen in der Architektur

Frauen waren lange nicht sichtbar in der Welt der Architektur. Zeit, dass sich das ändert! Ein prächtiger Bildband feiert nun die Arbeit von zeitgenössischen Architektinnen und wegweisenden Pionierinnen. Die Niederländerin Nathalie de Vries etwa ist mit ihrer an einen Bücherberg erinnernden Bibliothek (Spijkenisse, 2012) vertreten, die Dänin Lene Tranberg wird mit einem visionären Studentenwohnheim (Kopenhagen, […]

7 October, 2021

Emilie Appercé on Une paysanne entre ferme, marché et associations

Book recommended by Gianna Ledermann during the reading room session organised by Annexe at ZAZ, Zentrum Architektur Zürich. At the death of her husband, Augusta Gillabert-Randin takes over the farm alone. In this particularly touching extract entitled ‘Trente années de ma vie comme fermière (1893-1923)’, she retraces in numbers the last 30 years of the […]

3 October, 2021

Emilie Appercé on The Problem of Speaking For Others

Text recommended to everyone, activists and non-activists alike, by the feminist philosopher Deborah Mühlebach during the reading room session organised by Annexe at ZAZ, Zentrum Architektur Zürich, on the very complex question of the practice of representing for others, a person or a group of people in one’s interest. Everyone does it. The text was originally […]

3 October, 2021

Emilie Appercé on Maintenance Art

This was recommended by Amy Perkins during the reading room session organised by Annexe at ZAZ, Zentrum Architektur Zürich. Free artist and full-time mother, when her daughter is born, Mierle Ukeles feels literally split in two. On the one hand, she is rediscovering the world through her daughter’s eyes, on the other, she is bored to death. […]

3 October, 2021

Emilie Appercé on Vom möblierten Zimmer bis zur Wohnung

Book recommended by the Association ProSaffa1958-Pavillon during the reading room session organised by Annexe at ZAZ, Zentrum Architektur Zürich. Berta Rahm wrote this handbook at the beginning of her career, a few years after she started her architectural practice in Zürich, which she eventually closed out in frustration with her profession to found her feminist publishing house […]

3 October, 2021

Amy Perkins on Speaking of Buildings

My interest in alternative sources for constructing architectural historiographies came about through multiple various conversations. Jane Hall spoke about how and why documents are preserved during the Parity Talks V in relation to her own experience with Lina Bo Bardi’s archive. Helen Thomas recommended that I look at Janina Gosseye’s research, which has since led […]

24 August, 2021

Amy Perkins on Ahmed for Architecture Students

  This fanzine, created by Brady Burroughs with master’s students attending her seminar in 2019, is part of a parallel series to the Routledge ‘Thinkers for Architects’ which follows the tradition of offering an easily digestible, predominantly male cannon of philosophers for architecture students. This short publication is a collective attempt at a new series […]

24 August, 2021

Amy Perkins on Architects Who Make a Fuss

Charlotte and Torsten ran the Parity Group on my arrival at the ETH with sharpness, clarity, drive, and an intoxicating quick wit. My first meeting in 2019 was energising – to hear a group of people discuss how to combat the homogeneity of the department in real terms, whilst listening to the concerns of each […]

24 August, 2021

Jaehee Shin on Building Role Models

Young female architects entering their 30s have conversations with senior female architects in order to broaden the narrative of female architects in Korean history. The authors describe the book as architectural stories requested by women and answered by women   This book is a compilation of the results of the forum ‘Building Role Models: Architecture […]

19 August, 2021

Jaehee Shin on the Sea of Jun Itami

Yoo Dong Ryong 유동룡 ( Jun Itami 이타미준 ) (1937-2011) is a Korean architect born and raised in Japan. The Sea of Jun Itami is a documentary about the life and philosophy of Itami Jun, a world-famous architect who worked in Japan while maintaining Korean nationality for his life. When we talk about his life, […]

18 August, 2021

Jaehee Shin on Dictee

  This is the first text that came to my mind when I saw this project. If we talk about Korean feminism, I think it is one of the most important texts. Since the text is in English, you can probably read it and understand the discourse a little bit in-depth. It is quite complicated […]

18 August, 2021

Jaehee Shin on Space of Sincerity

I would like to mention the architect 김현진 Kim Hyunjin. A few years ago, she published an architectural essay called The Space of Sincerity 진심의 공간, which is written in Korean. As an architect, she works on a small number of  works, and as a writer, she made her name  by publishing texts on her […]

18 August, 2021

Guilah Naslavsky on El interior de la historia: historiografía arquitectónica para uso de latinoamericanos

In the Portuguese translation: O interior da História: historiografia arquitetônica para uso de Latino-americanos (2013), which was first published in Spanish as El interior de la historia: historiografía arquitectónica para uso de latinoamericanos (1990), the architectural critic and historian Marina Waisman discusses the concept of regionalism as used in international criticism and understood as a positive […]

19 July, 2021

Yeshi Wang on Forms of Practice

I was very glad to discover this book on the contemporary history of Swiss architecture (1980-2000) a few years ago, which examines thoroughly the works that I’m familiar with and digs deeply into their historical and theoretical background. In the context of Women Writing Architecture, it is probably worth mentioning that the architectural scene at […]

14 July, 2021

Emilie Appercé on the New Woman’s Survival Catalog

I ordered my edition of the New Woman’s Survival  Catalog after watching a lecture by Mindy Seu, a designer and researcher whose work I discovered while scouring the colophon of a friend’s homepage as I was trying to build my own. The NWSC inspired her iconic cyberfeminism index—an online ever growing index which gathers techno-critical works starting from 1990 (when […]

4 July, 2021

Barbara Thüler on Having Words

I was reminded of “Having Words”, a collection of essays by Denise Scott-Brown, when reading a foreword Berta Rahm wrote for the book “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” by Mary Wollstonecraft, which she published through her own publishing house ala Verlag in 1975.  Rahm tells the story of how, during the 1960s, she […]

30 June, 2021

Murielle Morger and Eva Schneuwly on Caliban and the Witch

The story of Caliban and the Witch begins in times of upheaval. Society continues to evolve and starts to put the capital in the foreground. It seeks to increase efficiency. We can read this story from different viewpoints, but we decide to read ‘the “transition” from feudalism to capitalism from the viewpoint of women, the […]

28 June, 2021

Murielle Morger and Eva Schneuwly on Caliban and the Witch

In the text Caliban and the Witch, it is posited that history can be read in different ways. Based on the episode Bandersnatch from the Black Mirror series, in collaboration with Lucia Giacobbi and Cristina Urzola (two students from ETH Zürich) we carried out a performance. A group of students and assistants from ETH Zürich […]

28 June, 2021

Mariana Siracusa on The Lure of the Local

Up close and personal: This is how Marguerite Duras in ‘Écrire’, Lucy Luppard in ‘The Lure of the Local’, and Rosalind Krauss in ‘Passages in Modern Sculpture’ describe the ‘spaces’ and ‘places’ they write about. The stories they tell are always about personal experience, even private in Duras’ case, and this allows readers to picture […]

24 June, 2021