Thesis Seminar

Thesis Advisor : Hansy Better Barraza

Killing the Angel
in the Mind, Home & Street

There is something reassuring about belonging to a space. In patriarchal societies, there is a perceptible manifestation of gender that is constructed into spaces. The street and a public life contain within it the notions of movement that is unrestrained and free. These are attributes of a space that men identify with and an unintended consequence has resulted in public spaces being demarcated as male domains. This notion is embedded in how women experience life everyday, as they are accustomed to the idea that public spaces and streets are only spaces they pass through to reach destinations and not enjoy as a flâneuse .
A site must establish human relationships and human contact. Without it, it is meaningless. The site is a condition that exists both in the conscious and in the unconscious. The program addresses the relationship between the genders and attempts to dismantle the biases.
 It challenges the construction of gender in 3 scales
BODY
HOME
STREET
How can boundaries of social construct be pushed to liberate women through their bodies, their homes and their streets?
How can women claim spaces and legitimate their right to belong in society as equals?
How can space be reconstructed to allow for changed perceptions to take over?
flâneuse is the female version of modernity’s urban stroller, derived from the French word Flâneur.
Mapping the movement of the genders through the city 
Mapping the city of Chennai, India

Existing conditions within the city | Spaces frequented by the genders

Identifying strategies informed by the existing condition

Overlaying programs to address the gendered street corner

Appropriating existing condition of a Tea shop 

Existing condition of a gendered home
A Space that Belongs to the Both of Us
What makes home a home?
A space that we can call ours,
To be anyone we want to be,
Away from prying eyes,
All until, there is an intrusion of other bodies,
Suddenly, there is a flux of movement,
As atoms align to adapt to a different state,
The genders move in and out of spaces,
And huddle together in their rightful place,
By practice and tradition,
They move unconsciously,
As women gather in kitchens and dining rooms,
To discuss about their children and husbands,
And as men gather around in living rooms,
Discussing sports and politics,
They feel a sense of reassurance that things are as they should be.
My questions however, remain.

How can the hierarchy of spaces within a home be tested?
Can the spaces exist in multiple states?
Can they in some way respond to both the genders,
Instead of choosing sides?
Inhabiting the floor plan by weaving narratives
Reimagining the Street Corner
Experience of a Flâneuse
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