A short videographic essay re-examining the institutional structures of sexism and historical roots of racism in architecture that have led to the systematic erasure of women from the design disciplines of the built environment.
The narrative and protagonist for the essay is formed around a historical, critical revision of Architectural Review’s 2000 Article “Jencks’ Theory of Evolution: An Overview of Twentieth Century Architecture” by Charles Jencks.
The original Open Letter (published on October 7th 2016) that led to this multimedia project is available online: openletters-online.com/issue-40-Belanger-Jafari-and-Bianchi-Benguria-to-Charles-Jencks
The multimedia project features a live diagram that maps out the names of over 800 women, whose lives—as designers, builders, writers, historians, photographers, philantropists, and more—have shaped over 800 years of urban history. Narrated by Hélène Cixous, one of the most influential feminist authors in the world, with Ghazal Jafari, urbanist and doctoral candidate at Harvard University.
Produced in Canada and the United States of America.
Narration: Hélène Cixous & Ghazal Jafari
Concept & Production: Pierre Bélanger, Ghazal Jafari, Hernán Bianchi-Benguria
Research Assistance: Alexandra Mei, Shira Grossman, Timothy Clark, Tiffany Dang
Harvard Graduate School of Design
An original performance of this project was created with students at the Graduate School of Design on October 28, 2016: twitter.com/hlbianchi/status/792129749938208768
Thank you to LeeAnn Suen, editor of Open Letters, as well as students in the Programs of Landscape Architecture, and Design Studies, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The Oceanic Turn