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MAD Brussels, Home of Creators Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, 10 1000 Brussels

Wiki Women Design evening debate : women in the contemporary architectural practice


As one of the final elements of its year-long Wiki Women Design project, the Flanders Architecture Institute invites contemporary Belgian women designers, researchers and other design professionals to engage in a debate on the role of women in the contemporary design practice. This panel of women will touch on why the representation of women in the field is so important, and how the presence of women in design history as well as the contemporary design practice is absolutely essential for future generations. In debate with each other and with the audience, these women will embark on a discussion about role models and key figures, entrepreneurship, creativity, finding one’s place as a woman in the field and the challenges this might bring, and feminism in design and architecture.

With Wiki Women Design, the Flanders Architecture Institute strives to bring women who have left their mark on Belgium's design heritage out of the shadows of history. Many women contributed to the designed environment, from (interior) architecture and graphic design to fashion and product design. Nevertheless, many remained under the radar of heritage institutions, researchers and collectors. With Wikipedia as a universal platform, writing sessions as a means, and five renowned female designers (Oana Bogdan, Stefanie Everaert and Caroline Lateur from Doorzon, Linde Freya Tangelder and Sara De Bondt) as ambassadors, Wiki Women Design has made up for this backlog in the Belgian context for the past year.

This evening debate at MAD Brussels will build forth the international conference that will be held within the framework of Wiki Women Design on the same day. This congress, focused on women, design and heritage, will take place at the Art & History Museum and will bring together researchers in architecture and design, professionals in heritage institutions, international experts in the field and contemporary designers. This conference will reflect upon the results of the project in terms of its contributions to Belgian design history and the awareness it has brought to the general public of women in design. Next to this, speakers will reflect upon women designers’ place in design history, design heritage institutions and design professions internationally.

The location of the evening debate, MAD Brussels, fits perfectly in the context of the project. During the Wiki Women Design project, we discovered that the building of the MAD, Home of Creators, was originally an office and showroom for Usines Peters-Lacroix (UPL), designed by female modernist architect Eliane Havenith, in collaboration with M. Anneet. It will be the perfect location to house the conversation on women in contemporary design professions on September 23, 2021.

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