The XII Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2022 is now taking place in Mexico City. The significance of architecture in social issues and challenges is this year's unifying theme. The event's organizers felt that it had to be unique and go beyond the conventional acknowledgment of the great architecture paradigm. It ought to be more closely related to what our cities will need in the future.
This time, the Ibero-American Prize for Architecture and Urbanism went to Argentinian architect and feminist activist Ana Falú. This honor is typically given to architects who have demonstrated their commitment to finding new homes that will ensure a more sustainable and equitable future for the cities as well as their original professional accomplishments. In terms of female urbanism and architecture, she is regarded as a trailblazer. She discusses the integration of women into metropolitan environments, particularly in Latin America.
She claimed that cities were created for young, white, heterosexual men who could operate automobiles. Indeed, the laws and tempo of men's lives are the centers of cities. Women, children, those with disabilities, and the elderly, on the other hand, are relegated to the periphery. Ana Falú, who has spent years addressing these concerns, is currently regarded as one of the top female architects in the field of urban planning.
She urges architects to concentrate on creating useful architecture that would enhance the lives of individuals who live on the periphery of society. Their daily lives must be made simpler, and more time must be made available for women. Women in Latin America, according to Ana Falú, commute for up to four hours each day. In fact, they frequently reside in deprived, segregated suburbs.
As a result, women spend a significant amount of time traveling to and from work, frequently taking unsafe public transportation. They are also the ones most impacted by unemployment and poverty. Nevertheless, in Latin America, they provide for the family's needs 30–40% of the time.
Ana Falú says that in order to address this problem, we must decentralize and begin paying close attention to how residents in the city's districts live. Fundamental inquiries that architects must make concern how people live, the services they have access to or do not, and the caliber of those services. The Award winner contends that urban planning processes should be centered around people and their various requirements. No one, especially women, should be left behind. They must be able to use and move about in public places with the same sense of security as men do.
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