Female patronage the sustainable claim through the architectural commission

Héctor Navarro Martínez, Guillermo García-Badell Delibes

Abstract

The purpose of this text is to analyse the patronage promoted by women in the field of architecture, underlining the importance of these actions in the residential sphere. Three study cases have been selected; Truss Schröder, Edith Farnsworth and Manorama Sarabhai. Through their experiences with the architects they hired, Gerrit Rietveld, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier respectively, three houses will be analysed. In all of them there was an intense professional relationship between client and architect, and the relevance of the developed proposals turned their role as clients into patronage. Through a comparative analysis from a gender perspective, the implicit meanings of proposals that go beyond spatial architectural considerations will be highlighted to underline how, thanks to the vision of these women, a sustainability applied to architecture can be promoted, which can be environmental, economic or social.

Keywords

Patronage; Architectural commission; Truss Schröder; Edith Farnsworth; Manorama Sarabhai

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/fem.2018.32.03





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