Suzanne Tick’s “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society” article focuses on society’s issues on acceptance and change. In this case, “Identity is no longer clearly defined as female or male” (Trick) this has raised problems in fashion, architecture, schools and workplace. “With the confusion of gender roles today, outward appearances are often confusing. Boys look like girls, girls look like boys” (Trick). Transgender people have been viewed as outcasts but their voices have been heard over the years. They have been standing up to institutions and corporate America. One major obstacle they face is how today’s landscape is “predominantly male perspective”. Men occupy the power roles in the workplace therefore, their prime space is specifically deigned for them. So what about transgender people? This bring an even bigger conversation. “This is an essentially human phenomenon” (trick). Soon enough eniviorments will be created to which people can have their own individuality.
Margret Morton’s “The Tunnel” is eye opening. In late 1980s and 1990s many people in New York were homeless. With nowhere to go many homeless people made their way to an underground train tunnel. This place in hidden from the public view and now one of the oldest surviving homeless communities. The type of people who live in these tunnels are mostly people battling poverty. However, these tunnels are also a way for “regular people” to escape their lives. Some escape their hostile family and there’s even a married couple who love down there. The way the tunnels are designed is bunkers all alongside the train tunnel. Living here doesn’t require one to pay rent, that’s why some people live there to lay of all that stress. Another thing the reading talks about is the psychological effect being homeless have effect on people. This is called Situational International theory also called “The SI”. Morton shares the lives of the tunnel people. How they use their space in the tunnel to show self- representation. They believe living in the tunnel is a way of helping them find their selves. Morton gets an inside look of the tunnel life and is escorted by “The Lord of the Tunnel”, Bernard. There are famous shocking photographs of the tunnels in New York. Morton’s “The tunnels” really show an eye opening way of life.
In the past is known for people to use many ways to exclude and wanted people from certain areas. People would use a government by passing laws to get what they want. When that didn’t work violence that was used. Many people tend to not realize but when they see bridges, one-way streets, or divided benches they seem to think that’s just the features of the area. However, a number of social scientists say structures have a way of creating a system of inequality. For example some benches have divided seats making convenient armrests. What many people tend to not see is that these “armrests” are really there to prevent homeless people from sleeping on the benches. This is what I like to call “blind architectural discrimination”. Most people are blind from this architectural exclusion therefore not making this act in the books. Social scientist believe that the built environment controls human behavior. This Journal goes through and talks about different examples of agricultural exclusion. For example, highways make it harder to get into the wealthier communities. In these wealthy communities there tends to be parking restrictions. Some neighborhoods even require the home owner to have parking permits for their car. If guests come over they are responsible for giving them a guest parking pass. This makes it harder for outsiders to come into these types of neighborhoods. It’s called architectural exclusion and what’s being excluded is mostly the poor and people of color. This is a problem all over the united states that needs further attention.
Great summary of the thing. Evidence, evidence.