The issue of shaping living spaces appropriate for the two sexes has been intertwined since the beginning of architecture. The present research brings to attention the concerns of women and their experiences in their homes. More specifically, we will take the female perspective of specific areas of the living space and explore how traditional architecture was shaped to maintain gender segregation in the home. Finally, we will review the contemporary experiences of women from the space in which they live and evaluate how gender relationships are being redefined in modern times.
Subjects of participation: same-sex couple, same-sex roommates, single-parent familiy (mother-daughter), and a single (female) resident.
The survey was conducted in the form of a questionnaire interview and mapping based on the frequency of usage of living spaces, and feelings about them. It was discovered that females seek privacy, space for their hobbies, they like to share the whole house with visitors, but usually not their bedrooms. The modern-day “boudoir” is now the bathroom sink and the hall is the space for ‘reconstruction’ and congregation. All the modern-day findings are antipodal points to the spaces used by females in the past.