This month, we commemorate International Women's Day (IWD), a subject widely discussed in the realms of architecture and construction. Recent trade shows have highlighted the significant contributions of women in these fields, emphasising the creation of a built environment that caters to their needs and collaborates with them on a gender-conscious level. For instance, urban planners have been engaging with women to enhance their sense of safety and inclusivity in public spaces while also seeking input from young girls regarding their requirements for recreational areas.
As the year progresses and more construction and architecture events unfold, I anticipate further dialogue on this matter, along with celebrations acknowledging the pivotal role of women in these professions. The industry, as a whole, appears to be moving towards a more thoughtful and inclusive approach to designing public spaces.
In this edition, we speak with Helen Gribbon, Co-Founder of renaissance engineers. Here, she sheds light on the significant contributions of women in construction and the built environment and examines the adverse effects of a homogeneous workforce on the industry while highlighting the many advantages of embracing diversity. Turn to page 22 for the complete article.
This month's issue showcases three exceptional architectural concepts and completed projects from around the globe. Firstly, we journey to Seoul to explore the proposals for the Seoul Twin Eye, a landmark Ferris wheel capable of accommodating 64 capsules, each carrying 20 to 25 individuals. Discover more on page 12.
Elsewhere, MAD Architects guides us through one of its latest achievements, Jiaxing Train Station. Situated at the heart of Jiaxing, a historic city 100km southwest of Shanghai, the stunning project replaces an outdated train station. For further details, turn to page 14.
Finally, on page 34, we dive into the particulars of an innovative initiative for New York City. + POOL is a water-filtering, floating pool designed for installation in New York's inner harbour, with plans for expansion across New York State and beyond.
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+ POOL is a water-filtering, floating pool designed for installation in New York's inner harbour, with plans for expansion across New York State and beyond.