Women designers work showcased

The Zaha Hadid–designed Roca Gallery in South London is currently the home for an exhibition of  the work of top women designers.

“Urbanistas: Women Innovators in Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design,” runs until June 27.

It is curated by author and critic Lucy Bullivant, who is also the founder of Urbanista.org, a webzine about contemporary urban design.

The show features  the work of Irena Bauman – cofounder of Bauman Lyons Architects, Leeds –  Alison Brooks, founder of Alison Brooks Architects, London – Alessandra Cianchetta, cofounder of AWP, Paris –  Johanna Gibbons, cofounder of J&L Gibbons, London along with Liza Fior and Katherine Clarke, cofounders of Muf Architecture, London.

Bullivant said: “This is a particularly exciting time to be looking closely at urban and suburban design and those marshaling groundbreaking projects in the field, as the pressure to generate long-term sustainable and socially responsible solutions increases.

“Although there has been a lot of discussion recently about the value and viability of garden cities, a concept dating from the end of the 19th century, ‘Urbanistas’ shows that re-evaluating existing neighborhoods is more important to today’s urban design and livability agenda and, of course, far more sustainable in terms of future-proofing spaces to help support people’s lives in the 21st century.”

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