The UNESCO-UPM Gender Chair, together with MITMA and DCN, has presented a practical guide based on the work carried out in Madrid Nuevo Norte.
This attractively formatted guide uses the experience of Madrid Nuevo Norte as a model to turn it into a useful tool for other urban development initiatives.
The gender perspective has been incorporated into the project from the initial design phase, with the aim of achieving a more inclusive city.
The UNESCO Chair for Gender and Equality Policy in Science, Technology and Innovation of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN) today presented the Toolkit: Gender in large-scale urban initiatives a practical manual to address the gender perspective in large-scale urban developments, based on the experience of the work carried out during the planning phase of Madrid Nuevo Norte. This project, one of the first of its kind in Spain to apply these criteria, has been used as a model and case study for this informative work. The aim of the publication is to show, in a simple and attractive way, the main guidelines to be applied to build inclusive cities, which are more responsive to the needs of all people.
A toolkit for urban planning professionals and the general public
The Toolkit:Gender in large-scale urban planning initiatives is a manual aimed at communicating, in a graphic and attractive way, the main criteria that urban planning professionals and administrations need to apply in order to build cities that better address to the care-giving needs of people. The manual shows the importance of including the gender perspective in urban planning projects, its benefits for the quality of life of women -and for all citizens in general- and is based on the Madrid Nuevo Norte’s ground-breaking experience with this approach in the application of these criteria within the context of Spain. But the Toolkit is not only for professionals: it is also aimed at members of the general public who want to learn about the criteria to create more inclusive cities for all people. For this reason, it is presented in a simple and attractive format, as a card game and supported by illustrations, to facilitate the understanding of the technical concepts and make them more accessible to citizens.
In this “deck of cards”, each of the four suits is associated with the most important themes for working with the gender perspective in urban design: Residential Areas; Public Spaces; Commercial Areas and Transportation. Each card analyses a specific aspect, such as safety, active mobility, street lighting, green space characteristics, mix of uses, accessible housing, facilities and many others. On the front, each card focuses on a specific question and how to answer it, giving as an example the measures taken in Madrid Nuevo Norte, with the back of each card providing an illustration of the work carried out in this project.