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We were just in Hannover this past week as we were invited by Libniz University and Forum für GenderKompetenz, to participate in the students final presentations for the work that had been completed throughout the academic year. These presentations also offered students an opportunity to network with prestigious arquitects from the city. Now we are "in talks" of bringing our exhibition " Building from the Inside" to this beautiful German city next spring (month of March). The display would then be enriched by 12 teams of arquitects from Hannover.



Collective Architecture is a network of people and collectives interested in particpatory construction of urban surroundings. The web offeres a instrumental mark for the collaboration of different types of projects and iniciatives. This website is a tool where one can register themselves as a user. If you are interesting in knowing more about us and ways in which you can particpate in our current projects, you can also meet us in person by signing up at: the third net encounter which will take place between the 19th and 25th of July, 2010 in Pasaia, Gipuzkoa. If you certain you will attend the third encounter you can access the registration from here.  I copy of the program itinerary may be downloaded here.


nueva herramienta web colaborativa para AACC



Paula Fernández, intern for the York International Internship award from York University in Toronto, Canada  is collaborating with Women Who Build here in Madrid and assisting us with fundemental tasks that include re-structuring our website. Expect an important change as we will be creating a blog, as part of a supplement for the website which will be interactive and offer more up to date news articles. Women Who Build would like to extend their hand and say thank you Paula!  and thank you York University!




Solar Decathlon "B" Pavillion


Basurama partcipated in Solar Decathlon, Madrid 2010 a macroevent sustained by solar energy but unsustainable by defintion, held in the new expansion of del Rey next to the river. 


During two days Basurama worked on building their low-tech B Pavillion ( with the help of 70 Colombian students from PEI). The "B" Pavillion fed off the left overs from the high-tech Pavillions, a competition that took place on the other side of the river and had partcipants from different Arquiteture Universities around the world.


Two workshops were held during public hours they were based on, furniture construction and innovative inventions and knick knacks.




Madrid holds the first European edition of the Solar Decathlon competition . The competition originated in the USA in 2002 when the look to create a house that could self sufficiently power energy.

The aim  to advance knowledge on industrialized and sustainable homes, with a particular

emphasis on high efficiency and energy self-sufficiency.

Out of 800 candidates only 17 teams were able to build a protoype on the Madrid Rio grounds. Including five Spanish teams: Institute for advanced arquitectureI,CEU Cardenal Herrera University, and Universities in Seville, Valladolid and Politec of  Cataluña. 


The competition will wrap up Sunday June 27th, where the winning team that progressively collected the most points ( 1,000 being the maximum) will win first prize.

It is open to the public until Sunday July 27th by the Manzanares river in Madrid Rio next to the  Puente del Rey







2011 Alzemiers International Congress, that will take place next year (2011) The year of Alzehimeres, will be held in Madrid during a International Congress devouted to this issue. 

We plea that all architects who have worked or collaborated in projects relating to residences or centres that house individuals suffering from this disease to get in touch with Isabel Navarro: imnavarro@telefonica.net  As part of the organization for the congress, those interested may have the possibilty of appearing in a publication, exhibit their work and partcipate in the congress. The photograph on the left is the Salamanca Centre for Alzehimeres, designed by Isabel Navarro,  architect and co-founder of Women Who Build.


Architect Kazuyo Sejima, and her partner Ryue Nishizawa, members of firm SANAA, 
were awarded with the 2010 Pritzker Prize noted as the: " Nobel Prize" of Architecture.


In the judges words, they have been awarded with this extremely important prize " for a kind of architecture that is delicate yet powerful and stimulating. These ingenious designs possesses precision and flow yet uncalculated (not overtly calculated) and the creation of structures that interact in a satisfactory manner within its own context and the activities that capture them. Thus, creating a rich experimental sensation of an architectural language, very singular in nature were a collaborative process is born and great and numerous constructed buildings are concieved, meanwhile making the promise for new ones".  The Pritzker prize will be presented to Sanaa during a ceremony that will take place at Ellis Island, in New York (USA), next May 17th, 2010.


A City called Spain The exhibition will be on display in Athens and opened this past 20th of May. The exhibition offers a recompliation of singnificant examples of contemporary Spanish architecture, that reflect the execeptional time of its production and its variation. Manuel Blanco professor of the Superior School of Technical Architecture in the Politech University of Madrid, is the organizer and designer of this exhibition. An exhibition that reflects that journey of Spanish architecture during the first decade of this century, displaying 80 projects by 70 studios and the work of more than 100 architects, which takes into account the rich urban diveristy of Spain and the quality of its recent architectonic production.







Good Architecture + Social Commitment + Innovation = A desorbiant budget?  Unfortunately this is not a mathematical formula, the British Organization  Architecture for Humanity, has proved otherwise.  For this reason they have be awarded the IIDA Pioneers in Design Award prize for a fabolous 10 year journey. This NGO originally founded in New York by English architect Cameron Sinclair and journalist Kate Stohr, decided to put there interests and proffesional careers into practice by developing an organization that channeled their desire and motivation to make a social contribution to the world. 


"La Ciudad Viva"  is a project of the Housing  Department (Consejería de Vivienda y Ordenación del Territorio ) of Junta de Andalusia, with the following line of work: Understanding urban and territorial politics as public functions, as services to  citizenship, and with sustainability criterium as basic parameters.

Last month of July, we celebrated in Quito an International Congress named “La Ciudad Viva como URBS” trying  to combine a theorertical debate with our real experiences (Cooperation Programs and Restoration of Historical Centres and  Areas in Andalusia) as well as those which have been done in an independent way. That is to say, the presentation of Practical Experiences with an urban scale and with an integrity degree.   

Web: www.laciudadviva.org

Vicente Guallart is the innovator for the eco-neighbourhood Sociópolis project, which will form part of the exhibition Hot! New Design from Spain, to be displayed in the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in the city of Baltimore.

Sociopólis is supported by IVVSA the Valencian Generalitat in la Torre a neighbourhood in the Valencian capital. The exhibition will display a model of the sociopolis neighbourhood as way of introducing the fusion between innovative architecture and the scenic intergration of the growing fields of Valencia.








More then 30 arial photographs that capture the natural space of Doñana were taken by Spanish photographer Héctor Garrido. Photographs that along with other IT applications, demonstrate the search for an explanation as to why nature has such forms and how they compare to the classical theory of Euclides. The exhibition titled " The fractals and marshes of Doñana, produced by Seville House of Science and the Biological Station of Doñana, both institutions belonging to CSIC, will make there way to The Natural Park of Aiguamolls de l’Empordá“, in Girona, were they can be seen next 30th of June.

MARCH 8th, 2010 at 6pm the Exhibition WOMEN WHO BUILD-SPAIN-LEBANON-ITALY AND THE NETHERLANDS was inaugurated in The House of Culture in the City Council of Tres Cantos (Madrid).

It exhibited 64 projects by different women architects from Spain, Lebanon, Italy and the Netherlands. Prior to the inauguartion, several architects and politicans gave a small lecturer, shortly after a run down of all the exhibition paneles was made. The exhibition intends to establish a emotional tie between the spectator and the architecture presented. In the search for the beauty of spaces architecture has contributed to society, proposing a reflection on the importance of a harmonous relationship between men and their surrounding, was  the train of thought behind this imaginary journey, through the poetry of built spaces, a vital journey. A journey that is continuously shifting between reason and emotion, between technicalities and poetry, between intuition and shape, stopping at the places that together form part of this itinerary


Comisarias: Ana Estirado Gorría y Cristina García-Rosales, arquitectas


History repeats itself. In spite of the advancements made by women in the second wave, an orchestration is produced similar to how feminism had been labelled as a way to give blame to all the unfortunate things that women encounter. Worst of all: Not having a man. The ghost of a bitter solitud. Susan Faludi vividly reconstructs a discussion in her work " Reaction". The war that has not been declared againist the modern women (1991). We have moved forward, but we remain restless with the fact that 90% of the people who have stopped looking for work during this crisis are women. Is it still possible to have a newer version of mystical femeninity?  (Celia Amorós) http://www.elpais.com/articulo/portada/Dar/nombre/problema/tiene/nombre/elpepuculbab/



"BuBble". TEMPORARY SHELTER, Coruña (2009). Architecture by, Patricia Muñiz and Luciano G. Alfayammasa arquitectos” with the collaboration of Cipriano Chas. Photographs, Santos-Díez. “BuBble” is a prototype for a temporary shelter that is transportable, easy to assemble and unassemble, has a height of 4 2m and is equipped with water and electricity for the basic functions of the bathroom and kitchen.  


Pavillion for the Serpent Gallery, Hyde Park, London -  (2009). The Pavillion. Designed by female architect Kazuyo Sejima, is being built in the London park. Made by alumnium that floates between trees, these sheets of aluminum curve and expand between the park and the sky. Its apperance changes with the climate, and  integrates with its surroundings. It also serves as a sheter, were people can make use of the space to relax or read.

 Vleuterweide Library, Utrecht - Holand (2009). Vera Yanovshtchinsky female architect, formed part of our exhibition titled " Building from the inside" and collaborated with BV arquitects, to design this space. (Photographs Stijn Poelstra ). Situated in the foyer of the cultural campus of “Vleuterweide”. The space is intended for different extracurricular and cultural activities and is a centre for information accessible to all university students.

Another project by Zaha Hadid. The sculpture park in the state of Michigan, USA was created to exhibit modern and contemporary art at a surface of more than 1,700 2 metre. It will also be the home for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum to be designed by female Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. 



The Pavillion of Spain in the Shanghái 20 expo was designed by female architect Benedetta Tagliabue. For this project, Tagliabue an icon greatly influenced not only by Spanish culture but also by the Chinese culture : Introduces "The wicker basket". A better city, a better life, the building will extend itself to a plaza, a plaza that is for the city much like a patio is for a house. A place to breathe, to relax, to hold celebrations but at the same time an articulated space.  





Zaha Hadid Architects designed the ' Magic Jesolo' a shopping centre and office complex in the city of Jesolo in Italy. Situated in the west part of the Roma Destra street were outdoor spaces are dedicated to public green areas and parking use.

Like the petals of a flower, Volumes that describes the center are spaced like rose petals, creating a centric space, a covered square, that represents the main distribution core.  The Hotel, as the last petal close the perspective and thanks to its shape offers the panoramic view through the Venice Lagoon.

The retail and congress centre, dialogs with the precious territorial environment, thanks to its sinuosity and long entrances that allow natural light and natural environment to dip through the petals-buildings,to offer a perfect observation pointof the the Lagoon.



We visited Toronto, Canada in November 2009, thanks to an invitation by York University proffesors Shelley Hornstein and Adrian Schubert.  We returned home fascinated by such innovative architecture, in a city that mixes daily life with  futuristic high tech designs. Will we be returining to Canada in the future? In the photo, the Ontario College of Art & Design ( OCAD) and the expansion of the Royal Ontario Museum ( ROM) both in the city of Toronto.



Type the sky an original alphabet created by Lisa Rienerman, As part of photographs taken of buildings and then cut out to form part of this "special alphabet". The compliation of these photographs are from the many cities she came to encounter and the first was in a patio in Barcelona that came to form the letter Q.





MATILDE UCELAY MAORTÚA, the first woman who finished architecture studies in Spain, died November 19th 2008. 

Rest in peace.

Just one is missing and all is desolate

Alphonse de Lamartin











Exhibition in Arquerías of Nuevos Ministerios

Madrid:  SPAIN, US, THE CITIES Paseo de la Castellana, 67, 28071 MADRID

Under the title “Us, the cities,” this montage which represented Spain in the Bienal of Venice 2006,  join 32 works and designs  of 21 offices, combined with original messages projected on 55 video screens with the reflections of 100 women about their cities.

The exhibition not only presents the words and images of women architects and town planners, but also invites to do so,  to different  representatives of urban professions  as firewomen, women taxi drivers,  newspaper sellers; women managers; women from different groups as immigrants, ecological groups and neighbourhood associations; or urban  tribes as ·pijos”, skaters, “okupas” o gotics

"Spain presents a pavilion with a feminine face, as the gender of its own name and the generic name of its cities, in which women  transform  themselves in spokeswomen of their works,  of their companion ´s works and of their own lifes.

Gender Perspective of cities and architecture begin to spread all over the world, explained the event organizers, among them we can point Manuel Blanco, Professor of Madrid  University.







EXHIBITION in the Arcades of the Ministry of Labour of Madrid ·

To Inhabit the Present: Housing in Spain: society, city, technology and resources 

A panoramic vision of Contemporary housing in Spain, good examples of good architecture andgood practices. December-January 2007 

“To inhabit the present” it is a exhibition produced by the Spanish Ministry of Housing, which raises a panoramic vision of contemporary housing in Spain, trying to understand  concepts comprehensible with the definition our housing and cities: sustainable, healthful and in harmony with the environment. 



According of  the second period of three months in 2006 data of The Youth Observatory of Housing in Spain (OBJOVI), published by the Spanish Youth Council, a young person should have dedicated the 64,3% of his salary to buy a free housing. Its important to mark that among the provinces with most efforts in obtaining a dwelling, are Vizcaya (82,4%), Málaga (79,9%), Madrid (79,6%), Barcelona (79,5%)  and Guipúzcoa (78,5%). In the opposite extreme, with a inferior average cost, very much under the whole media of young population in Spain, we can .point Teruel (33,7%), Ciudad Real (37,2%), Cáceres (38,2%), Lérida (38,2%) and Badajoz (39,4%) 

Source:  Spanish Youth Council  C/ Montera, 24 6º Planta 28013 Madrid


CC.OO report on PGE 2007, points up that women progressively participate more in labour activities, and that their incorporation to the professional market, during the recent last years, has been very important. Anyway,  female activity valuation (47,9%) is placed, during the 3rd last period of three months of 2006, 21 percentage points under masculine one (69,1%), while women unemployment valuation  (11,5%) is 5 points over masculine (6,4%). In accordance to qualitative differences, women (37,2%) suffer more than men (32,2%) contractual temporality, as well as partial time contracts (21% in opposition to 4,2%). Women also receive less salary  than men, not only because they work in less productive works and in inferior labour categories, but also because they suffer salary discrimination. “Around half of the salary differences (15 percentage points) can be attributed to salary discriminations”, affirms CC.OO


  Source: Revista Trabajadora / c. Fernández de la Hoz, 12, 3ª planta /28010 Madrid e-mail: trabajadora@ccoo.es  http://www.ccoo.es/mujeres


Editions & Bookshop Imbernon 280 bd Michelet

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In 1983, against bankers and authorities of his Government advices, professor Yunus founded Grameen, a bank dedicated to supply minuscule loans for survival of poor people.Muuhamad Yunus (Bengalí: Muhammod Iunus)  and his "Grameen Bank received the Nobel Peace Prize 2006 because of his fight to obtain a just economy for poor classes. The amount of the prize (1,1 million euros) will be destined to continue his work.


German-Spanish Company CONTEXT ENERGY with experience in installation of solar energy , (stand Gea,  Bioculture)  La Coruña, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, 

Sevilla & Madrid .  Gerhard Meyer / Context Energy. Tel.: 0034 91.851.24.46 Móvil: 629.389.689  e-mail: context@ya.com

SINTESIS EDITORIAL has been making -since its foundation- an important effort to give the necessary status to gender studies in  the formation field, regulated

 or not. In this catalogue you can fiend titles as “Women History”, “Spanish Women in Plastic Arts”, Feminism and Philosophy”, “Gender and Globalization”, 

“Women Space and Society”, “Women in the teaching of Social Sciences”, etc. sintesis Editorial has translated the International Encyclopaedia of Women, which has been supervised by The Institute of Feminist Studies of UCM, an has an adaptation to the Spanish talking market, with the inclusion of openings directed to this idiomatic Area, written by prestigious specialists.To ask for information or buy books: SINTESIS EDITORIALVallehermoso, 34-1º / 28015 MADRID Telf: 00 34 91 593 20 98 / Fax: 91 445 86 96 http://www.sintesis.com


Our colleague, the architect Carmen Espegel Alonso, has obtained the First Prize MILKA BLIKNAKOV” in its V th Edition

because of her book “HEROINAS DEL ESPACIO” This prize belongs to the Poliytecnique University of Virgina (EEUU).These are the observations made by the Jury: “Carmen ´s book is a brilliant theoretical and historical synthesis based in her investigation published in severallanguage as well as a meritorious investigation in original archives. The text has been recognized by the Jury as an enormous effort which is a real help to reorder and re-write Modern Architectonical History of XX th Century. The third part of the book consists in a theoretical and general vision of women roll  development from traditional society to the beginning of European Modernity. The other two thirds are monograph analysis of the work done by the following women architects:  Eileen Gray (1878-1976), Lilly Reich (1885-1947), Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000), Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999). Though one can think that all we must know about them is already written, Carmen Espegel´s analysis revels new aspects of their work, seen in the context of their contemporaneous production. The Jury recommends this book for its translation into English language. There is no other text with these approaches to the analysis profundity in the subject and no other one known could be easily admitted as a scholar book of Modern Architecture History. Easy to read an with a provocative thought full of excellent and original questions.”

The architect Carmen Espegel, professor of Madrid School of Architecture, whose doctoral thesis was written on the emblematic house -Eleen Grey´s E1027- published recently her book “Heroins of Space”, in which she makes a route on women architects of early XX century, on their lifes and buildings.

ANNA CASTELLI FERRIERI Died on 27st of June, 2006. 

Ske was one of the most recognized designers in the world of the Italian industry.She studied architecture in Milan Polytechnical Institute. She began her work in Franco Albini ´s office. After designing the central building of KARTELL (1966), she began to work in this company. In Kartell she obtained recognition by her vital roll in the introduction of plastic in furniture market. Director of Design Department, she worked in Kartell as collaborator with important designers like Achille CASTIGLIONI, Joe COLOMBO, Richard SAPPER and Marco ZANUSO. Her designs included the innovating use of new materials, forms and great architectonic exactitude. She obtained several design prizes, including the important COMPASSO D'ORO. In her own words: “It is not certain that what is useful is beautiful. What is beautiful, is useful. Beauty can improve people ´s way of life  and their thoughts.” 


Only three of every ten new students, are womenPolytechnical University,Madrid

Seven of each ten students registered in the 2005-2006  term in Madrid Polytechnical are men. These data come from "Project Demand", a study of the "Vicerrectorado of Academic Order and Planning Strategic of Madrid Polytechnical University", designed to know the average of students who accede to this University. In spite of the present majority distribution of  women in Spanish society, the report reveals that pupils still are predominantly masculine (73.9% are men opposed to 26.1% women) -The girls have better qualifications. However, the girls are those who add a superior average note. For example, the percentage of men notes are 6.8%, whereas the women ´s one are 9.1%. The average of sexes in the Superior Technical School of Architecture is 53.3% (women) and in the Agricultural Technical Engineering University School  is 51.3%. In these cases the proportion of women surpasses the one of men

Book: Architecture and Gender. Author: Monica Cevedio.Icaria Publishing, Barcelona 2003. The world as we nowadays know it, probably would be very different if women and men had coexisted in equality during the last past centuries. In this book, Mónica Cevedio studies the consequences of cancellation of feminine participation in artistic creations, in the development of our economic system and, mainly, in architecture. This book proposes us to reflect on the point of view whereupon we all watch and create. 

Arquitectura y genero

The 29th of May 2006, was the delivery of the National Prizes of Architecture 2004 in the Galleries of the Housing Ministry in Madrid. 

The prizes were divided in several modalities: ARCHITECTURE, TOWN PLANNING AND QUALITY OF HOUSING. All of them were granted “to those architects whose excellent and continued contribution, -working in Spain- valued with objective criteria, have  emphasized social, economic, aesthetic and technological aspects of architecture”. The call has granted the most important prize-THE NATIONAL OF ARCHITECTURE- for the first time, to the first woman architect titled in Spain: Matilde Ucelay. It was retired by his son- Javier Ruiz Castillo- who made a brief semblanza of his mother: a professional, humble and simple woman who worked all her life without considering it something exceptional. It was her vocation and desire. And her way of being in life. She never wanted prizes nor awards. Although, without any doubt, she deserved them. 


The son of Matilde Ucelay Maórtua, receives the prize by 

the hands of the Minister of Housing. 



February 7th , 2006.  Joined  the “Spanish National Prize of Architecture 2004” Jury, they have resolved to award this important prize to Mrs Matilde Ucelay Maórtua.

The Jury considered and valued the professional development of Matilde Ucelay who was the first woman titled in Architecture in Spain.Born in 1912,  she studied her Primary Studies in the ”Instituto Escuela”, inheritor of the Republican “Institución Libre de Enseñanza” and entered the School of Architecture of Madrid University, in 1931. She finished her studies in June 1936. Her colleagues gave her an homage for being the first woman who obtained this title in Spain. To this homage assisted the  Republican Ministry of Government, Amós Salvador.

She was purged by a Professional Court due to her republican and liberal affiliation, not allowing her to work in her profession, for five years, and not allowing her either to have confidence charges for the rest of her life.

The Jury has considered the professional development of this first woman architect in Spain, who -in despite of prohibitions and difficulties-  maintained a continued and professional activity, designing buildings, specially housing, among which, we can point up  “Casa Oswald” in “Puerta de Hierro “, Madrid, ”Casa Benítez” in Lugo, others in Canary Islands, and Turner and Hispano-Argentina libraries in Madrid.As many pioneer women who have opened different and new ways in Arts and Sciences fields, Matilde Ucelay also did it in a particular and difficult one, as Architecture is


CANDIDACY  FOR THE NATIONAL PRIZE OF ARCHITECTUREWomen Who Build Association, through the initiative of Anne Le Maignan (www.generourban.org) and with the collaboration of Javier Ruiz-Castillo (her nephew) and Miguel Botella (her son), displayed the official candidacy of the first architect  woman in Spain -Matilde Ucelay- for the Spanish National Prize of Architecture, promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Housing.


Author of "Death and Life of Great American Cities", died the 25st of April, 2006 at the age of 89. 

Her priorities were inclined towards communities with diversity of people, types of transport, architecture and commerce. 

Jacobs criticized the New City Planners, and wrote: “they want to have alive centers in the places they develop. And I have seen in their plans and in the places they build, that they do not seem to have a sense of anatomy. They have designed them as if they were commercial centers. They don´t manage the connection”. 

All who read Jacob´s books are infected by her enthusiasm, her love to cities and her celebration to daily life. She articulated her ideas on the design of great cities, thought -not from theories and masterful plans- but from careful observations of daily life. Her ideas are well known by planners, architects and activists everywhere.

J.J. had no formal training in town-planning or either in architecture. In fact, this deficiency is often considered as the secret of its wisdom and innovation.


The women architects Ana Somoza and Juana Canet 

Two women Spanish architects adjudged the project of the construction of a Memorial which Thailand will dedicate to thousand of victims caused by tsunami, happened in December 2004. The winners of the international aid summoned by the Thailander Government, are the chiefs of Disc Architecture Office, located in the capital of Spain. The failure of the international jury was made public in the Palace of Government, with the attendance of members of the Executive, diplomatic body and the architects who arrived to the final phase. 680 projects of 47 countries were displayed, 320 passed the first selection, and others arrived to end, designed by different offices of Spain, Finland, the United States, China and Australia. The project displayed by the two Spanish young women,whose title is "The Mountains of Memories", is based on four Buddhist metallic and glassed structures that remember estupas. The Memorial will be built in the  Kao Lak National Park, located near the beach with the same name, in the southwest coast area,  which was the most devastated area by tsunami on 26th of December


The past 7th of March, and because the occasion of Women Day, it was shown in the 2nd chanell of TVE a Program on " Women Architects". In this program  they  took part, among others, the City Planning Women Group and  Women Who Build Association.




We are starting the project: "Labor Globalización: discovering a World of Inequalities ", thanks the financing of the Excmo. Madrid City council.

In this proposal we approach the Globalización subjet from the labour world perspective, displaying an analysis on the effects  it has for childhood and women. 

We propose the accomplishment of an EXHIBITION, during one week (throughout ten thematic panels and an explanatory video). We count in addition, with a DIDACTIC UNIT  you can ask for, which  proposes differents actions.Contact: 902,21,144,94 or sensibilizacion@pazydesarrollo.org

Pilar Pineda Zamorano  Coordinator of Education

ACTIONS: Economic realities in  impoverished 

countries We want to approach  different labors realities  we can find  in our world, analyzing the labor situation of  women and 


We will develop theese actions in four sessions centered in: 

1.  Work World-wide reality. 

2. Women in work surroundings. 

3. Infantile work. 

4. Towards a change of situations. 


Within the framework of the encounter "Days of Urbanism and Gender", set up in Tenerife (Canary Islands), women exposed the incongruences of spaces and 

services thought by men, in spite of being used mainly by women. "We, women,  need a different concept of citizenship and also need to make decisions on 

the environment design", declared Anna.Bofill, because " it is different to glide with a pencil that to conceive it as a vital experience",The conferences was opened 

by the advisor of the Youth Area, Education and Women of Tenerife Town Hall, Josefa García, who stressed the idea of the necessity to introduce gender 

prespective in Town Planning. Since, until now, in spite taht women represent more than 50 % of  population, she said, "security nor accessibility has been not considered ". Zaida Muxí praised a  train station designed by A. Bofill because it fulfills "one of the principles of the security, that is to see and to be seen. 


VIRTUAL EXHIBITION ; Architects for change / Women Architects / Society for Black Architects www.diversecity-architects.com 


Web: www.clubdebatesurbanos.com










Last 21 st of December was debated in Spanish Congress the Equality Law.

In this debate we can find the presentation of two amendments to this Law, so to obtain work paternity permission of 13 days right now, and four weeks in 2015. Men for Equality Forum www.ahige.org




The Exhibition BUILDING IN PARITY (Andalusian Women Institute) has been exhibit in Langreo´s  House of Women  (Asturias, Spain) coinciding with the Encounter “Gender and Townplanning) last month of September 2006.



Spain exhibits, in Venice Bienal of Architecture, last urban tendencies.

“Us, the cities” is the installation title that Spain presents in the Xth Venice Bienal of Architecture, 

which opened last friday 9th of September, with the following general theme: “Cities, architecture and 

society”, with the participation of 30 countries n the list of well kwon women we can point Cordoba Mayoress, Rosa Aguilar; the writer and National Library Manageress, Rosa Regás; the actress Carmen Maura, the journalist Maruja Torres; the architects Matilde Ucelay and Elia  Gutiérrez Mozo; the Manageress of the last edition of Venice Bienal; and the  art gallerists Juana de Mordó,Soledad Lorenzo, Oliva Arauna & Helga de Alvear. (And even a member of Women who Build Association, we add). Among the group of less well known faces, there are four emigrant women of the Dominican Republic, China, Ethiopia and Bulgaria.  Even members of urban tribes and professionals who make possible life in big cities: a women taxi driver, a bus driver, a policewomen, a post women, a subway ticket clerk, and others  associated to big magazines and luxury shops who cannot be missing in any urban group.The Pavilion Commissary made also talk to different men, so we cannot speak about discrimination. Among them, we have Almodóvar brothers, Pedro & Agustín, 

and José Guirao, Manager of “La Casa Encendida”, one of the most active Cultural Centre of Spain. The sonorous montage, -in English and Spanish- lasts over 180 minutes. What does the spectator see while listening to those meditations? The Spanish Pavilion exhibitED photographs and models of public and private buildings appeared in recent years and that have achieved a conciliation of what we call “author constructions” with those mere “historic inheritances” known all over the world. Attending to the Commissary, they have looked for urban micro cosmos which have been given answers to social necessities in this country.


Conference: THE CITIES WITHOUT TIME Day: 31 th May, 2006, 18.00 to 20.00 Hours.

A fragment journey by a trapped city. In charge of: CRISTINA GARCÍA ROSALES (Women Who Wild)

“Resaw time and space, weave them and unweave them, lead them back and to try to rethink among all a city of routes, of encounters, experiences and coexistence…”



Spanish Women Architects live their best moment 

There are more architectonical projects with women signature every day. Spanish professional women are becoming visible. 

Official buildings, theaters, museums, buildings and housing take their seal. They win prizes and have international recognition. 

In this article of EL PAÍS newspapaer appear some of them with their works and their opinions: 

- Mamen Domingo: "The Footbridge of the Fórum is a complex work, very engineerish”. 

- Beth Galí: “Now I feel safer projecting, before I had many ghosts”

- Maria José Aranguren: “Working at the site is the most exciting of our profession”. 

- Benedetta Tagliabue: “In architecture I feel still a girl, an adolescent…” 

- Blanca Lleó: “There is not a "before" and an "after"of the design of Sanchinarro”. 

- Ángela Gaceía de Paredes: “I like to work in three stages: project, working in the site and competitions”. 

- Fuensanta Nieto: The private housing in Spain are awfull”. 

PHOTO Young and shining women. Cristina Diaz Moreno, Izaskun Chinchilla and M. Auxiliadora Gálvez (left yo rigth.), in the Conception Area (Madrid).



[ Date: 2006-03-08 ] 

To support and to attend the active women in science is not a particularly new phenomenon. In fact, there are many organizations and networks in all Europe who have this assignment. Nevertheless, if it is wanted that the voices of the scientists are listened in an European level, these networks must work together, and display their necessities and looks in a concise and coordinated way. 

The Technological Platform of European Scientific Women (EPWS) is exactly what is going to do. The platform tries to contribute in an structural bond between the scientists and the political people in charge. "We have advanced, but still there is much to do. We must be very conscious how to raise the question constantly [ of women in science ] and  show that womwn scientists have voice ", declares the Generak Secretary of EPWS, Maren Jochimsen. 


please visit: http://www.epws.org

For more information on European Women in Science , please visit: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/science-society/page_en.cfm?id=3197


 Sustainable & Mobility Forum of Madrid Community.

Sunday, 25th of June, 12.00a.m Callao - > Sol - Pza. of Villa - > Madrid. 



LECTURE 22th of May, 2006 Cruz López Viso, architect

Pablo Picasso Art School - La Coruña C/Los Pelamios, s/nº -15001 - La Coruña





Cruz López Viso, architect Pablo Picasso Art School - La Coruña Monday, 20th February 2006, 17:00. 


Athens,  11th ans 12th of november,  2005

Cristina García-Rosales and Ana Estirado Gorría have participated in the International Congress of Athens in “Women Who Build” name, exposing two communications.  The British architect Angela Brady and other women architects of the National School of Architecture of Athens, also took part in this interesting Congress.


The past month of October the Neatherland group of women architects came to visit us to Madrid. (http://www.bouwnetwerk.net/english.php) called bouwnetwerk.  We had dinner with them in the centric and traditional “Gijón Coffee” where we planned activities in common.  One of them is to take in 2006 to Holland (Ámsterdam or Utrech), our Exhibition BUILDING FROM the INTERIOR.  This alive exhibition would  become richer- in this occasion- with new projects of imaginative European women who are developing new experiences in the field of housing, urban space and city.



If all the people are different, why all the houses are the same?
If all the people change, why don't houses change?
If the climatic elements are different, why houses look so much alike?

Under the umbrella of Construmat 2005, Casa Barcelona Project represents a pioneer space where accredited architects and materials makers join together to advance in the application of the I+D+i on housing. 

Exhibition at the Gran Vía M2 area, Central Rambla, between pavilions 1 and 2
Round table: 15th April 2005, 19:00. Gran Vía M2 area. Limited capacity, invitation is indispensable (get them at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Parq of Montjuic)More information: www.construmat.com

The perfectible façade (Ferrater y Paricio)
The wall kitchen (Ferrater y Paricio)
The green façade (Pich-Aguilera)
The furniture sanitaries (Chipperfield)
The versatily sheets (Sarrablo)
The "terrazo" technical floor
The "brico-aplacados"

ROUND TABLE: Casa Barcelona: about the adaptation 

to people and places 
Participants: Glenn Murcutt (Pritzker 2002) and Carlos 

Jiménez (architect). Chairman: Luis Fernández Galiano


21st and 22nd April 2005
COOPERATION SPANISH OFFICE Conference Hall, Avda. de los Reyes Católicos, 4 (Madrid)

Basic habitability is the group of human settlement and housing conditions that every natural site obtains when transforming, through urbanistic territorial interventions, and the construction of the necessary physical structures for that, in a suitable place, capable of permitting a healthy living and the vital reproduction, historically and socially considered to be appropriate, of its settlers.
From a planetary perspective, the unsatisfied necessities in human settlements in the Third World have become one of the
main challenges for International Cooperation.
It defines a critical line of vital conditions below which every habitability should be precarious, and unsatisfactory for the living urgencies
ICHAB (Cooperation Institute in Basic Habitability).

Organized by CEAR Foundation (918045560 / www.fundacioncear.org)
Financed by the State Office for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Clic here to see the programme in our Competitions and Meetings page.

EXHIBITION “Building from the inside. Women architects designs

Place: Francesca Bonnemaison Centre for Women (Sant Pere Mes Baix 7, Barcelona)
From 7th March to 29th of April
Monday to Friday (9am to 22 pm) Saturdays (from 10am to 14 pm)
Opening: Monday 7th March, 19:00. With the presence of the president of the
Equality and Citizenship Area in Barcelona, Inma Moraleda and the exhibition responsible Ana Estirado Gorría, Women Who Build architect.

“Building from the inside” brings together architectural works designed by several generations of women architects or teams where women played a significant role. 

The works of these architects will help us find new ways of designing spaces to live in. 

This activity is included in the "Urbanism & Gender: A necessary vision for all" Acts.

More information: www.urbanismeigenere.net


April 27th, 28th and 29th 2005


The aim is to create a space for dialogue and theory accounting around gender, town planning and the city, and the implications that this new viewpoint of daily life based on the equality between citizens has on the arrangement and use of space and territory, a viewpoint that will help to design and build cities better for everyone. 


27 Wednesday: THE CITY:  URBS

Looking back - the role of women in architecture and town planning
City and public space
Housing and community space
Transport and accessibility

Round table (M. Belil, A. Bofill, E. Galama, J. Turner, C. Miralles, D. Spain, I. Velázquez)  


Work time and space vs Leisure time and space
Equipment: daily infrastructures
Safety and coexistence
Round table (M. A. Durán, L. Horelli, M. Jaeckel, M. Van Geldermalsen, A. Michaud, M. Román, T. del Valle


Presentation of conclusions reached at the workshops
PARTICIPANTS: CoAC, ETSAB, Barcelona Provincial Council

Towards the future - encouraging policies
PARTICIPANTS: J. Labòria, I. Moraleda, B. Dührkop, S. Murillo, M. Selva, C. Hdez. Pezzi, J. Ferrer
Presentation of the conference conclusions
Isabela Velázquez

Closing ceremony


Workshop: The house with no gender
April 22 – 28, ETSAB

City tour: Ciutat Vella
CoAC, April 25 and 29
City tour: Gràcia
CoAC, April 25 and 29

Cinema and debate: Women in the world surrounding them
Showing of the film Nosotras (We), by Judith Colell
CoAC conference hall (April 25)

Round table: Is the training at architecture schools sexist?
April 26, CoAC conference hall
Round table: Gender visibility in the city desing and management
April 27, CoAC conference hall
Round table: Is a woman architect association necessary?
April 28, CoAC conference hall
Round table: Workshop on local experiences in Spain
April 27, Francesca Bonnemaison Centre

Exhibition: Building with parity
April 25 to 29, Hall of the ETSAB

Workshop exhibition: The house with no gender
May, CoAC Picasso Hall

Exhibition: From the inside
Authors Women Who Build
March, April and May, Francesca Bonnemaison Centre 


LECTURE: “New town-planning for a New Society”.
 Isabela Velázquez Valoria,  architect  “Women town planning Collective”
28th March 2005

Place: Exhibition's Hall COAC (Avda.Gran Capitán, 32, Córdoba)

Women Who Build has recently included this Web-site in its Links. We encourage you to visit it.

FORUM on TOWNPLANNING and LANDSCAPE “Building the 21st Century”

Place and Date: ELBA ESTEPONA HOTEL (23rd – 25th February 2005)The forum on TOWNPLANNING and LANDSCAPE “Building the 21st Century”, is focused on professionals linked to Urban Development and Architecture,  as well as on experts and municipal people in charge of resolutions on urban activities, without forgeting the influence of the application of the current standards of Urbanism and Environment.

The forum was distributed into three Thematic Areas: The first one referred to Urbanism in the context of the Andalusian Community, in another area we stated the legal aspects that link Urbanism to the Environment, and a third one gave content to the perception of Urbanism through women’s point of view.

With the collaboration of the following entities: Andalusian Council, Málaga County Council, “Francisco de Vitoria” Legal and Management Institute, “Women Who Build” Assotiation, Urban Rights Spanish Assotiation and “University and Progress” Learning Center.

ART WOMEN (2005)

Málaga CAC invited reputable critics, exhibition commisaries, contemporary art teachers and experts, all women, to take a close look at the theory and practice of the most outstanding artists in the international scene.


These have been the last lectures:

-Tuesday 8th March: Louise Bourgeois according to Anna María Guasch, Art critic, Contemporary Art History Teacher and Art Critic at Barcelona University.

-Thursday 10th March: Shirin Neshat according to Gloria Picazo, Art Critic, independent commisary and Director of the La Panera Art Centre, Lleida.


Directed by José Luis García Sánchez with script by Rafael Azcona, the film is performed by Pilar Bardem, María Botto, Alex O’Doherty, María Galiana, Juan Diego, Mamen Godoy, Jordi Dauder and Esperanza de la Vega.

The film has its premiêre just when a hundred years have passed since this great woman was born in Vélez-Málaga, and it deepens in the aim of finding out what had been lost so many years. The production hse given up to make an exhaustive biography of the philosopher in favour of transmitting, most of all to the youngest public, the importance of the presence of a woman who turned thought into a poetic and personal commitment


Zaha Hadid has been chosen as the first woman to become the 2004 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
She is the 26th Pritzker Laureate to be honoured and the third from the UK.


intentCITY street forum
Architects for peace, the official launch
(20th November 2004)


Citizenship concept has become one of the key terms of the political debate from the 1990 decade. This relief is to a great extent due to the fact that it’s a concept that is in open evolution owing to the great economic, social and political changes of the end of the century.

Cristina García-Rosales, as Founder Member of Women Who Build, took part in the Round Table: WOMEN WHO BUILD...peace, Europe, city, diversity, sostenibility, equality. (June 2004)  

E-Virgin is a metaphor about women´s knowledge transmitted by different generation webs while they sewed or made embroidery, sang, prayed or cooked oral stories of familiar clues, intra-history of groups. While they showed their reality codes to the younger. The inheritors of these feminine genealogies mess up around hardware, cook software, make embroidery with pixels, knit bits, sail over megas to sew webs, understand  the new codes of new places to live in.

It was shown in july 2003 in Hemispheric Institute, Kimmel Centre, New York, within the IV Encounter "Performance & politic in America: religious spectacles", and after in “la Capella de la Sapiència" (La Nau) of Valencia University and in the Institut de la Dona of Generalitat Valenciana.

DULCINEA PROJECT (2002 - November 2004)

It’s a project that’s contained in the Community Enterprise EQUAL and it’s intended for the insertion of women in the construction sector, trying to make compatible the strong demand of skilled people that this sector demands with the high women’s unemployment rate in our region.

This project, promoted by the Chamber of Contractors, is managed by the Women and Construction Development Association.Other partners, besides our Institution, are: the Councils of Public Works, Economy and Finance of Castilla y León, the Country Women National Federation, and University of Valladolid General Federation. It has a total budget of 986.003,86 euros, financed by the Social European Fund (75%), The Council of Public Works (20%) and the Chamber of Contractors (the remaining 5%).

The project has qualified half a hundred of women for different special fields related to the construction sector. Now the organizers are absorbed in preparing a substitute for Dulcinea.

More information... (Clic "Proyectos Europeos", and then "Dulcinea")


THE RECYCLING MUSEUM (May 2003, Buenos Aires, Argentina) It’s the first Center of Ecology devoted to the transformation and re-use of urban waste

Museums are institutions that collect, study, display and preserve objects with a cultural and educative purpose. The Recycling Museum is an innovator space that manages with an integral program designed for making people become aware of the great urban environmental current problems and its future development. These programs are developing altogether with the Environment and Education Office. It’s the first museum devoted to recycling and at the same time it’s an open air factory of transforming waste material into useful social products. It was built with very few economic resources but with the joint efforts of re-users, professionals and volunteers We all collect, manufacture, build and decorate. The visitor will be able to sort, manufacture, build, assemble, mend and dismantle.



The Argentina settled architect Celia Guevara, Ernesto Che Guevara’s sister, will take part actively in our web site through her writings and reflections. We welcome and nominate her as Honorary Member. 


Madrid City Council, through the Employment and Services to the Citizen’s Government Council (Equal Opportunities Office), has granted the film director Iciar Bollaín with the GOOD PRACTICES IN GENDER EQUALITY Award due to her film: “Te doy mis ojos / I give you my eyes”. Women Who Build was part of the jury.


We’ve been sent the following piece of news from the Order of Architecture of Rome:

Odile Decq is to build the new Liaunig Museum in Neuhaus (Austria)

the Architects Association of córdoba, through the Eileen Gray Room, has given a series of lectures at its Central Office. Women architects Carmen Espegel, Fuensanta Nieto and María Auxiliadora Gálvez took part in those lectures.

The Eileen Gray Room, which is named after a significant pioneer Irish architect in the thirties, designer of the E1027 House at Cap Ferrat (France), aims to:

- Be an open and dinamic space.
- Be a participation, encounter and debate place.
- Think about ARCHITECTURE and URBANISM, past, present and future.
- Research into the life and works of women architects and to let it out.
- Bring different views and knowledges to our profession.


Coordinated by Ramón Adell and Miguel Martínez. Other authors that explain their analysis of particular aspects of the squat movement in the same book are: Hans Pruijt, Jaume Asens, Tomás Herreros, Tomás R. Villasante, Robert González, Marta Llobet, Marina Marinas, Igor Sádaba, Gustavo Roig, Javier Alcalde y Virginia Gutiérrez. 

“In the last two decades we can see an increasing interest towards the squat movement in our country, on both parts, citizens and media. Their urban practices, their alternative way of life and their questioning about the private property, give them a brand-new contestatarian movement character and even anti-system. However, bibliography about this subject is practically non-existent, and this is one of the reasons why the authors of this book have been moved to reflect on both the evolution and the nowadays reality of the movement. In this way, through the combination of a number of case studies that cover a wide band of their different expressions (links with other social movements, their difficult interactions with the authorities, their aptitude for social mobilization and for symbolic repercussion, their presence in Internet, the gender and daily relations during their occupations, the urban spaces where they are located, etc.), they show the keys for the understanding of this social movement. From their origins, squads were an answer to the need of inexpensive housing and a report of the real-state speculation, though the political experience of the movement soon rose to a real network of “liberated spaces” (Self-Managed Social Centres), with alternative counter-cultural activities separated of the trading reproduction of free time, where self-managed and non-dogmatic organizative forms occupy first places. Of headless kind, the squat movement combines several identities and projects in constant change, which allow us to already talk about several generations of young squatters. Nowadays, most of those activists are integrated in the antiglobalization movement, precisely in its more critical branch against the neoliberal capitalism”.



On Tuesday March 2nd 2004, the TVE program “La Aventura del Saber” (The Knowledge Adventure) showed, for the first time in Spain, a series in which women are the main protagonists.

“Women for a century” enhances the figures of some women who where witnesses and protagonists of great historic changes, specially in the history of women in Spain. They are pioneers in different fields: Law, Education, Journalism... in the first years of a century in which women fought for their rights and began to achieve them.

The five first names of this series are the jurist Victoria Kent, the educator María de Maeztu, the archivist and librarian María Moliner, the journalist and writer María Luz Morales and the painter Remedios Varo.

In some cases they are women who have been forgotten by history or rejected because of certain ideological attitudes; in others, women were concealed by surnames that were irremediably linked to male proper names, held in low esteem in their real work, or hidden behind a Dictionary...; there is an historical debt to all of them, a pending acknowledgement to their labour in our society and in the culture of their time. Unfortunately this series hasn’t been able to name all the women who were landmarks in our history, but it tries to pay homage to all, through naming a few.

This series, based on the idea and script of Carmen Bonet, has the advice of the women´s history researcher, Ana Vargas Martínez.

Numerous documentary sources have been sought to produce this series of half an hour long episodes, besides de TVE Archive; it has had the collaboration of numerous Public Institutions as the Administration General Archive and Universities like Malaga’s and Valencia’s; private institutions as “Ortega y Gasset”  and “Giner de los Rios” foundations. Further more, many of those who were close to the protagonists or lived their stories, have collaborated too.

TROLLEYS, GET on to the bus! 

Colectivo de Mujeres Urbanistas
Driving baby trolleys through towns of Madrid Community is very complicated: children, fathers and mothers constantly find obstacles which interfere with their mobility. In case of having to use public transportation, conditions aren’t better: users are forced to fold baby trolleys, to take their child in their arms, to catch their shopping bags, to get the ticket and  then sit, all before the driver starts the bus. This is a clearly risky situation for babies´ safety and also for their parents who board buses, and -in any case- it clearly dissuades them from using public transportation in our cities. The panorama is quite different in other urban areas in our surroundings: unfolded trolleys are allowed in public transportation in cities like Berlin, London or Paris, without being a risk for babies’ safety; the same happens in other Spanish cities as San Sebastian, Barcelona or Palma de Mallorca; it’s hard to understand why such a measure can be positive for residents and users of public transportation of Spanish cities and not for Madrid citizens. 

El Colectivo de Mujeres Urbanistas (Women Town Planners Group) REQUEST to have these measures developed, so to make it easier the removal of obstacles and the improvement of accessibility universal conditions, specially the ones which allow access of unfolded trolleys on to the city buses.  

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