UBC Graduate Research

Exuberant Architecture : Towards a Gender Inclusive Hair Space Chen, Arkgo Yun Hsi


Long or short, straight or curly, even completely bald – hair is a crucial social and cultural indicator and an instant visual cue of one’s gender identity. The topic of gender identity and hair space is extensive in describing not only the role of hair in displaying social identity but also the importance of barbershops within the greater city network. Often barbershops are spaces where gender is expressed, performed and constructed. It is an architectural space where self-identity is fully nurtured and respected. What can architecture draw from gender theorists? How would we come about to design a community that is open to a variety of flexible idiosyncrasies? Gender inclusive space shall be an entirely fluid space that share a sense of belonging and identity that celebrates sexuality and gender rather than hiding it. All in all, the aim of this thesis is to address gender identity, inclusivity, and social issues in architecture. The blurring of gender boundaries aims to create a third space for other definitions beyond the two sexes. It is no longer a question of whether this will happen, but a matter of when.

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