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Women Architects in the Transition: Comparative Analysis of ‘Palomeras’ Dwellings, Madrid (Spain)

Departamento de Composición Arquitectónica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Received: 31 January 2020 / Revised: 3 April 2020 / Accepted: 6 April 2020 / Published: 14 April 2020
This study examines the contribution of women architects to Palomeras operation projects in the context of the Spanish transition and the Madrid housing emergency in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Works were selected according to their professional impacts; 11 projects were analyzed by redrawing and studying the main types of dwelling. The current reading interpretation—according to a gender perspective—focuses on reproduction of tasks in main spaces at home: in-depth testing of the scope of kitchen surface and glazing ratios, as well as direct lighting, views and minimum distance of housekeeping paths. Furthermore, the comparative and qualitative analysis was based on meaningful data, which yield subtle but expressive results about the consequences of gender-inclusive architect teams. Thus, it is possible to approach and discuss the role played by some women architects of the Madrid School after second-wave feminism, in a key time for gender change in architectural practice in Spain. View Full-Text
Keywords: architecture; architectural analysis; gender studies; urban planning; architectural design; housing; domestic space; kitchen design architecture; architectural analysis; gender studies; urban planning; architectural design; housing; domestic space; kitchen design
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Cordero Ampuero, A. Women Architects in the Transition: Comparative Analysis of ‘Palomeras’ Dwellings, Madrid (Spain). Arts 2020, 9, 48.

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