We meet four inspiring urban architects – Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown. Thanks to their innate talent, minds and will, they forged a path into what was a ‘male profession’.
Their creative lives have been dedicated to a special passion – to create a beautiful, comfortable, healthy, and inclusive living space for everyone, not just the wealthiest. They are women who have for decades been fascinated and have fascinated others with realistic dreams: sustainable solutions, the conservation of historic districts, pedestrian-friendly environments, parks, landscaping, green roofs, and playgrounds – ideas that no longer surprise anyone. It is obvious and unfortunate that often these dreams are not brought to life by people of their kind – people who are primarily driven by art and science. Cities evolve and change. This must be allowed and helped to happen with a clear understanding of what should be preserved and what it is time to say goodbye to.
Foreword by the programme curator: The recent past, when activism and preserving heritage were not yet fashionable. Theme: gender equality without pathos.