Lecture on the feminist architecture cooperative

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  • Location: Nasjonalmuseet – Arkitektur, Bankplassen 3
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Welcome to a lecture with Jos Boys, one of the founders of the feminist architecture collective Matrix.

When Matrix was founded by a group of women architects in London in 1981, they were among the first in the world to take an overtly feminist stance in their way of working and designing, and in the projects they took on. Matrix worked with participatory design and offered architectural services to marginalised groups. Together, they wrote the pioneering work Making Space. Women and the Man Made Environment (1984), in which they criticised the male dominance in the design of cities and spaces. Recently this book was republished.

In this lecture, Boys will talk about the history and legacy of this women-led, collaborative platform, and open up a discussion about how to work towards more inclusive design practices.

The lecture is part of the public program for the exhibition Coming into Community, the National Museum’s contribution to this year’s Oslo Architecture Triennale.

The lecture is in English and will be streamed from the CNS-room on the first floor of the Architecture Museum. It is free to join, but tickets must be booked in advance.

About Jos Boys

Jos Boys is an architect, activist, educator, and writer. She was a founder member of Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative and co-author of their 1984 book Making Space: Women and the Man-Made Environment (Pluto Press 1984). Since 2008 she's been co-director of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project with disabled artist Zoe Partington, a disability-led platform that works with disabled artists to explore new ways of thinking about disability in architectural and design discourse and practice. Currently she is Director of the Learning Environments Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre (LEEDIC) at The Bartlett UCL.

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