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Women and the Making of the University of Alicante Campus: Critical Reappraisals of Modern Architecture (1982–1999)

Department of Graphic Expression, Architectural Theory and Design, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain
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Received: 6 February 2020 / Revised: 27 April 2020 / Accepted: 28 April 2020 / Published: 30 April 2020
A stroll around the University of Alicante campus is like a journey through the history of Spanish architecture of the last 40 years, as many of its buildings exemplify the best production of the period. This legacy also tells a story about the role played by female architects within the profession. In fact, a gender reading reveals that only two women, Pilar Vázquez Carrasco, the architect of the Faculty of Sciences (FS, 1982) and the Social Club I (1987), and Dolores Alonso Vera, responsible for the Higher Polytechnic School IV (HPS, 1999), have designed structures on the campus over almost four decades and out of a total of more than 50 buildings. The FS is an example of structural sincerity whose brick and concrete materials and externalisation of services provide Brutalist echoes. The HPS IV is a design exercise consisting of a series of elegant, inviting volumes and open spaces intertwined with the campus garden. This essay focuses on the comparative analysis of these two award-winning works to unveil those contributions that female authorship has brought to their solutions by relating them to comparable buildings in space, time and type, but designed by male architects. View Full-Text
Keywords: female architects; Spanish architecture; peripheral modernism; postmodernism; University of Alicante; teaching facilities; gender perspectives; historiography; gender and place female architects; Spanish architecture; peripheral modernism; postmodernism; University of Alicante; teaching facilities; gender perspectives; historiography; gender and place
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Gutiérrez-Mozo, M.-E.; Parra-Martínez, J.; Gilsanz-Díaz, A. Women and the Making of the University of Alicante Campus: Critical Reappraisals of Modern Architecture (1982–1999). Arts 2020, 9, 57.

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