• Eva Sanchez Alvarez
Urban planning has been dominated by a white cis-male gaze, which has led to cities being planned from this perspective, only serving the needs of the privileged part of the world's population. Meaning, women's experiences have been dismissed or not accounted for in planning, leading to a perpetuation of inequalities such as socio-economic, safety, accessibility disparities. In this research, gendered urban planning is studied in Berlin, through an analysis of structural and tactical strategies to public participation that specifically target gender issues, namely GM policies as structural (institutionalised) and the fem*Map project as tactical (non-institutionalised). Through document analysis and semi-structured expert interviews, data is gathered to investigate how gendered urban planning shapes equitable and inclusive urban development in Berlin, in relation to participation disparities between genders. In the discussion chapter, Her City toolbox is evaluated as a method and how it could be introduced as an innovative participation strategy, considering also its coupling with current participation initiatives. Overall, this thesis concludes it is certainly important to couple a range of participation methods (artistic, NGO, institutionalised) for the different groups they aim to reach. Meaning, in the case of gender inequalities, tools and resources must be utilized in participation meetings as a way to empower citizens to create urban landscapes that meet their needs.
SpecialisationUrban Planning and Management
Publication date2 Jun 2023
Number of pages80
ID: 532644406