Strategic Practice

Parity & Diversity Works

Maintaining a militant, political and spatial practice of feminist activities since the early 2000s—always bounded to other struggles, characterizes "Parity & Diversity Works." To be feminist today cannot be understood without intersectionality, the convergence of struggles against sexism, racism, capitalism, and imperialism, as conceptualized by Françoise Vergès.1

The output of this work has taken several forms:
- The Parity Group, a grassroots association initiated within the Architecture Department at ETH committed to improving gender equality and diversity at the school and in the profession.

- The Parity Talks, a space of discussion and engagement among the Architecture Department at ETH dedicated to pursuing an agenda of diversity and parity toward change, a recurring event since 2016.

- Syndicat Culotté, a short-lived yet productive collective aimed at bringing gender discourse to the Venice Architecture Biennale with the proposal 'Into the Light. Uncovering Female Contemporary Practices' Syndicat Culotté is Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Dubravka Sekulic, Harald R. Stühlinger, Lorenz Bürgi, Torsten Lange.

- In the frame of the 12th International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo on 'Everyday,' one of the 3 main topics addressed is 'Everyday Maintenance', a topic that explores notions of sustainability, durability, invisible labor and care, the maintenance of architecture and the city, a subject now gaining attention in current political spheres, in theoretical debates, and with technological research worldwide.

- 'Curriculum Revolution: Bringing Intersectionality to Architecture' (Future Architecture Laureate 2019) proposes an overall assessment of the current state of the curriculum across all architecture schools in Europe—and globally, to trigger a productive conversation to help educators in sharpening their own tools, questioning age-old references—probably breaking some idols in the way— while also developing concrete strategies for implementing positive change in architectural education everywhere. The first practical output, the Radical Room Reading Group took place during the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019—with Dubravka Sekulic.

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1 Françoise Vergès, “Un Féminisme Décolonial" (Paris: La Fabrique, 2019).

Parity Talks, 2015-...

The Parity Talks have been taking place at ETH since 2016, creating a space where gender and diversity can be addressed and an agenda of change elaborated.

9 points for parity, demands for change
Maintenance works, Zürich Airport, ETH Bild Archiv.

"What you think maintenance is; —how you feel about spending whatever parts of your life you spend on maintenance activities; —what is the relationship between maintenance and freedom", Mierle Laderman Ukeles, 1969

Curriculum Revolution