Housing, Feminism and Urban Change

Making Space is a project by Soft Fiction Projects developed during a month-residency at Guest Projects London, on July 2019.  

The project focuses on the particular history of feminism, housing and urban change in Hackney during the mid 1970’s. 

Re-visiting theoretical research and publicly funded social projects developed by the Matrix Feminist Design Co-Operative - authors of the book ‘Making Space: Women and the man-made environment’ - this project will explore the origins of a community of women who moved in squatted houses in the Hackney neighbourhood, in the late 1970’s, and the historical importance of this community in providing an opportunity for women to live autonomously, connected to wider feminist politics in London, and take control over their immediate build environment.

The residency will culminate in a small printed publication with a limited edition run of 250 copies and will incorporate the research generated over the month and act as a lasting document of the conversations generated as a result of the project.

More info here.

Research Images 1 and 2: credits ‘Making Space: Women and the man made environment’ by Matrix Design Studio, Pluto Press London 1984; pag.43: ‘urban obstacle courses’

Research Image 3. Source: Wall, Christine, “We don’t have leaders! We’re doing it ourselves”, Field Journal, Vol 7(1), page 137. Image credits: Architects Mary-Lou Ascott and Susan Francis, one of the founder members of Matrix, setting out a floor plate.

Image 4-5: Some of the research materials showcased in Guest Projects.  

This project is kindly funded by The Fenton Arts Trust.