Frauen-Werk-Stadt is very special because it is designed by women architects and planners. They might not know what each woman wants, but they know how to start researching into it. As women themselves, they know how to approach other women, form a collegial relationship with women users, and in essence, plan together.
This project is very empowering. It helps stimulate the public's interest in women's daily lives, which would otherwise be invisible.
My question is how can we take what is learnt from this project and apply it to low-income urban planning?
Also, if we were to carry out something similar for low-income urban planning, where and how can we find women architects and planners who have had experiences of living in low-income areas?
Since the creation of this project, Vienna has been very active in gender mainstreaming. It is safe to say, that in my experience, Vienna is one out of three cities in which I ever felt safe and empowered. I now know why.
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