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City/Cité Conference: Designing a Gender-Equal City


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February 1, 2021


In recent years, more European cities have begun to tackle the challenge of advancing gender equality by designing public spaces with gender in mind. But what does a gender-equal city look like, and how does gender-equal urban planning work in practice?

This online panel event, organized by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, brings together Eva Kail, a Vienna-based expert in gender equality in urban planning; Sara Ortiz Escalante, a feminist urban planner from the Barcelona NGO Col·lectiu Punt 6; and Stéphanie Dadour, an associate professor at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Paris-Malaquais to discuss the theory and practice of gender-equal cities. 

Designing a Gender-Equal City: Perspectives from Vienna, Barcelona, and France


Eva Kail, Urban Planner, City of Vienna 
Sara Ortiz Escalante, Urban Planner, Col·lectiu Punt 6 
Stéphanie Dadour, Associate Professor, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Paris-Malaquais,
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Faranak Miraftab, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Acting Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Supported by UIUC Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Illinois in Vienna Programs, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives. This event is part of Villa Albertine’s City/Cité conference series.

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Founded in 1998, the European Union Center serves as the focal point for teaching, research, and outreach on Europe and the European Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their sponsored projects, affiliated faculty, academic programs, and outreach and public engagement activities foreground interdisciplinary, inclusive, and international perspectives on issues impacting Europe as a geographic and cultural space over time. The EU Center plays a particularly important role on campus in the promotion of language study and public engagement with the significance of transatlantic relations in U.S. foreign policy.

École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais

The École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais was created in January 2001. Established in the heart of Paris, on the historic site of architectural studies that it shares with the École des Beaux-Arts, ENSA Paris-Malaquais is both a young school and the heir to a long tradition. It is part of the network of 20 schools of architecture under the supervision of the French Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

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