Sustainability: utopias, practices, women

M.H. Groot

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional


This essay wants to contextualise a selection of current projects by designers and architects that are related to forms of sustainability in a broader perspective of historical utopian and ecotopian initiatives. The essay first considers general characteristics of historical uto- and ecotopias expressed in novels and connects some of these characteristics to lived utopian experiments in the past. Next, and after some more terms and definitions, it will address a number of examples of current design and architectural practices that involve women. Finally, there will be some thoughts on sustainability and geographies. The essay has the following four sections besides an introduction and conclusion:
I Utopias and ecotopias: literary and realised
II More terms and definitions: ecology, eco, green, ecomodernism
III Design, architecture, technology: examples of initiatives by women
IV Geographies: poverty and wealth, rural and urban, local and global
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018)
Subtitle of host publicationToward a New Perception and Reception
EditorsHelena Seražin, Caterina Franchini, Emilia Garda
Place of PublicationLjubljana
PublisherZRC Publishing House
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9789610501060
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2018
EventMoMoWo final symposium of the EU EACEA MoMoWo collaborative cultural and research project - Lingotto, Turin, Italy
Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018


ConferenceMoMoWo final symposium of the EU EACEA MoMoWo collaborative cultural and research project

Bibliographical note

In Chapter F: Women and Sustainability


  • sustainability
  • utopias
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • women
  • History
  • contemporary
  • social factors


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