Women’s Voices in Architecture & Design in the Middle East
It is a deficit to society as a whole, not to enjoy a share of that creativity readily available from half of the population, and it is further compounded by intransigence in finding alternatives.Women by their very nature, imbue caring, accommodative and imaginative qualities which if allowed to manifest and flourish, help create more pleasant, peaceful and balanced environments. What is often missing in today’s societies and its sub-structures, of which architecture is one, is the feminine vision and touch. It can be argued that the masculine mentality is more focused on an assertive functionality than beauty. On the other hand the female vision tends to be more focused on aesthetic sensibilities, akin to sharing and creating enhanced, relaxed and peaceful environments. Women through an inherent nature are moved to create caring environments for others, especially for children, and this in turn leads to a more balanced outlook of societal structures and communities.
2A, in its role within the international media, believes that this unused potential should not be further ignored or denied. 2A wants to promote the progress of women in all fields, especially in the architectural and design professions. Furthermore we particularly want to draw attention to the emergence of eastern women by helping to promote their ideas and works, and sharing their ideas and initiatives with the rest of the world. There is an obvious gap between the east and west when the situation of women is investigated at a variety of levels. Consequently much needs to be done to help create a balanced state of progress for all architects and designers worldwide.
I have deliberately invited a woman architect, Ms. Homa Farjadi to assume the role of guest-editor for this issue of 2A. We believe that she will be best able to reflect and express the female vision of architecture and art. Indeed almost all projects and articles featured in this issue are authored by women.
2A magazine as an international phenomenon has continued to expand its connections and interactions with various international architectural centers, colleges and universities in addition to and especially those in the UAE. We look forward to continue hosting various specialized architectural seminars and other future events. In such a context we particularly welcome contributions from female architects and designers.