Megan Devlin (she/her)
I am passionate about creating inclusivity using an intersectional lens when considering the urban environment. I believe that to achieve this, we must work together to create a sustainable domestic and civic future.
In order to co-exist in post-capitalist ruins, one must question the relationship of the environment when aiming to achieve total inclusion in the built environment. Questioning common conventions and static notions are central to my practice – throughout the past year, I have been consumed with creating people orientated and care-centred projects across both domestic and civic proposals. This includes looking into current socio-economic dynamics that exist in the city today. I believe that through reassessing current socio-economic relations, placing care and support at the centre of urban approaches we can create inclusive living, working and caring spaces for all.
Urban Housing – House/Work
The capitalist economy of our time would not be present without the patriarchy, the two are intrinsically linked. Housing is located in the domestic sphere which has been a traditionally privatised area of life. This is relevant when looking at social structures concerning gender for economic pursuit. Throughout our history, in the nuclear family, the domestic labours have typically been placed on women where women take on the household chores as well as giving up her time to care for others 24/7. In this scenario, the idea that the home is privatised plays a significant role in the moulding and reinforcing patriarchal and capitalist structures.
I propose a District which is based on ‘female friendship’. Nuclear family housing is found all over the UK and doesn’t accommodate for many of the people in need of housing today, this being working-class woman and men which do not fit the conforming family arrangement, people of colour and disabled people. The district tackles these issues by providing shared domestic facilities to balance the two spheres. This will remove the burden from care-givers/home-workers and allow them a dynamic work/life balance where they can achieve better access to paid work.
Margin to Centre Approach –
My proposal will also provide an additional ‘room’ in conjunction with the home and work spheres, the ‘third space’. This space provides an alternative living space which is neither home nor workplace offering relief from both spheres. As much of the space in the city is tailored towards the able-bodied, white-man, the third space offers flexible spaces for those on the fringes of society who at present face challenges in accessing spaces out with either realm.
The ‘third space’ offers relief from these spheres by offering opportunity for intimate/private and social/public moments.