In her 2016 Complex cities graduation project Nikita Baliga investigated a gender perspective in the spatial planning of Bangalore. She notes: ‘This graduation stems from my personal interest in gender studies and its deep-rooted connection to the construction of space. Born in a country, where gender inequality is evident in all walks of life, the interest gradually transformed to an urge to study the possible ways this burning issue could be tackled. The intention of the project is to question the status quo that has been inherent and now a part of the daily ways of life. Women in India face many socio-economic challenges in the current cultural context.
To understand the realities, the city of Bangalore in India is chosen with two sectorial industries as case studies. The industries chosen are the garment manufacturing and IT Industry, which have been two of the industries that have seen an increase of women workers. (…). The approach taken in this project is to show how space is a factor in defining gender roles by considering their specific needs. In a way, by providing men and women equal spatial accessibility to services and opportunities, in this case economic, gender inequality can be partially addressed.
For her 2016 graduation project see BALIGA, N. 2016. Better-half of Bangalore: Gender perspective in spatial planning. Graduation Report Master Thesis in Urbanism. Delft, Delft University of Technology. Availability here.


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