chapter  7
The city, gender, and identity
ByWENDY SAUNDERSON
Pages 19

An understanding of the position of gender in the structures, processes and outcomes of urban production and consumption begins with the simple but central questions of ‘who plans?’ and ‘for whom?’. Women comprise only 23% of urban planners and only 12% of urban designers (RIBA, 2001), but 52% of the population. What does this suggest for urban women, as the majority of city dwellers; and for women architects and planners, as the minority of landed professionals? Do men and women identify differently with city living? What are the core values that shape the identities of the men and women who plan and design our cities? And what lies at the interface between urban production and urban consumption?