Chloé Macary-Carney cm-c
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The Woman Cave is an ongoing research on the relationship women have with spaces. The Woman Cave is currently looking for a framework, site, location and/or funding so that we may develop the first prototype. We need to talk about the relationship between woman and men in relation to space. Who is welcome in our streets? Are our cities male dominated spaces? Where can women reunite? We need to talk about about the balance of power between women and men in the spaces that we, as designers, have some power to transform. The Woman Cave will reposition WOMEN in the heart of the architecture. This cave for women starts first from the observation that spaces are gendered. This means that there are spaces that are masculine and some that are feminine. We wish to take on the inequalities of “gendered spaces” in the contemporary city by creating an ephemeral woman’s cave (an ironic reference to the term “man cave”) made of huge plaster pebbles. They will be assembled to form a cave, inspired by an essay written by Virginia Woolf. In this space, they will feel protected and will heal from the wounds of society and city space. This structure will be a welcoming place for discussion, talks, events and debates. It will serve as a research base camp for this question of women’s role in space (in the spatial/architectural/urban sense of the word). THE WOMAN CAVE
We would like this cave to be a place made by and for collaboration, to spread awareness and hope through sharing information and dialogue. These collaborations will be the tools for transforming our society. This place will be open to citizens, men and women, young boys and girls, so that all can learn to respect womanhood and femininity. This woman cave will innovate by raising awareness of the inequalities women face in space.
 The structure of this pavilion is inspired by Jean Dubuffet’s work, especially Le Jardin d’hiver (on display at the Pompidou museum in Paris), built between 1968 and 1970. The structures of Dubuffet would sometimes even become a costume resembling a kind of Transformer-style body armor to protect the human body. Maybe our woman cave can also be seen as a strong armor to protect the important discussions and the women. We would like to reuse this structure concept of building hollow forms as sculptures. Jean Dubuffet used polyurethane on epoxy, but maybe we can use plaster installed on metal mesh that will be molded. Then, we can connect the “pebble pieces” with a very simple system of velcro, for example. This will allow us to deconstruct the structure very easily.