Rethinking the city from a feminist and care perspective means no longer creating spaces on the basis of production rationales that are socially and politically restrictive and, instead, starting to think about environments that place a greater emphasis on the people who use them.
We propose a new urban model that places people at the heart of decision-making, taking into account the diversity of experiences and ending the practice of standardizing subjects, things, housing and desires. The goal is also to ensure that spaces are adapted to meet people’s different needs, rather than people having to adapt to the conditions of the space. This new urban paradigm is realized in the model of the caring city, whereby cities are seen as places that look after us, that take care of our surroundings, that let us look after ourselves and other people.
In a caring city, public spaces convey a sense of safety, because they are well signposted and illuminated. There are people around who can help: they are visible, vital and promote mutual support, to the extent that anyone can walk unhindered down the street at any time of day without fear of being harassed or threatened.
Author: Blanca Valdivia
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Blanca Valdivia is an Urban Planner and PhD in Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation at the Technical University of Catalonia. She has developed numerous works from the perspective of feminist urbanism and is a specialist in care and urban environment. Col·lectiu Punt 6 is a cooperative of architects, sociologists and urban planners of different origins with more than 15 years of local, national and international experience.