Curators Nandini Somaya Sampat and Ruturaj Parikh talk about the need for such a conference, how women approach design and what makes for women-centric spaces.
When architect Brinda Somaya with HECAR Foundation curated the ‘Women in Architecture’ (WID) conference in 2000, she brought together architects from Asia and the subcontinent. Two decades later, Somaya reconnects these women designers as they stop by to tell their stories, at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, from January 8 to 10, for the ‘Women In Design 2020+’ conference. Alongside the event is the exhibition “20 Year Manifesto”, at the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, which will showcase practices led by women from various creative fields. Curators Nandini Somaya Sampat and Ruturaj Parikh talk about the need for such a conference, how women approach design and what makes for women-centric spaces.
Excerpts from an interview:
Does the choice of research and scope differ for women?
NSS: As women, we find ourselves delving into the nuances of life as we begin projects. The ability to multi-task, and sensitivity towards the inclusion of arts and crafts in projects presents a deeper connection. Also, as a woman, one ensures that project sites include creches and labour conditions specific to women on construction sites, are integrated into the work-scope. Until factors like these become the norm in the industry, women will continue to work differently.
Movements such as the Garden City were introduced as a way to bring women out into the work space. (sic!I).