Urban Fold

Designing The Female-Friendly City

As women become a larger segment of the nation's urban population, more planners are recognizing the importance of addressing the concerns of women through urban design.

"In a neighborhood where 54% of the residents are women, 70% of the households are headed by women and 70% of the elderly are women, the broken walkway on North Sloan Street symbolizes some of the physical challenges that women in America's cities face: an unsafe urban environment that's not conducive to walking."

"Medical experts, concerned about increased rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension, have studied how the design of cities affects health for some time. Now, they're focusing on its impact on an increasingly prominent demographic segment of the urban landscape: women."

"'Decisions that are made for women are going to be made for men as well,' says Eugenie Birch, chairwoman of Penn's department of city and regional planning. 'But there might be more sensitivity to safe places, to lighting, to creating an environment that women would more likely inhabit.'"

"That means fixing sidewalks, lengthening the time traffic signals give pedestrians on crosswalks, designing housing without stairs and encouraging walking, biking and mass transit by building trails and safe access to public transportation."

Full Story: Designers push to make cities more female-friendly

Comments

Comments

Sexist Drivel

Oh, its in USA Today... never mind. I enjoyed the complaint about the kitchen being on the 3rd floor and how women would have to haul the groceries up to the kitchen. Yes, because this is the 1950's and we all believe the kitchen is a woman's place. Poor design is poor design.

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
$19.00
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!