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How to Design a City for Women

How do men and women use urban spaces differently? How can urban design take those differences into account to create spaces that are equally welcoming to everyone?

Those are the questions that Vienna, Austria's urban planners hoped to address with their "gender mainstreaming" work. The program has resulted in developments designed in response to surveys of how women go about their daily lives in the city. It has also resulted in changes in the way the city approaches design - letting people's needs define the spaces designed, rather than letting the design dictate how the spaces would be used - and by who.

The term "Fair Shared City" has begun to replace the potentially more polarizing "gender mainstreaming," but it's still a complex, and not uncontroversial idea.

How would you feel about seeing Tacoma take explicit steps toward creating a "fair shared city?" Read more at The Atlantic Cities


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