If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honored and seen — but the flip side is also true. Cary calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. "Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics," he says. "They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve." And we all deserve better.
February 10, 2018 Subject:
White males are the problem?
Jon Cary proves an excellent speaker with a great cause. When he refers to the current crop of architects as “White male elitists” I began to lose interest. I don’t know anyone who would knowingly design something when they knew it would exclude non-white females.
In Kokomo, IN US, a facility was build with many more opportunities for women to see the shows (two large bathrooms) for them, one for us WME’s. I thought it was a great idea, but it was rebuild to more conventional designs. My guess is that someone complained that it was not Equal enough.
Let’s stop using deliberate discrimination as the only excuse and let’s train all to do a better job of recognizing needs other than their own.