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Gender architecture: an inclusive and social design for infrastructures

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The Secretary General of Infrastructures, Sergio Vázquez, inaugurated a new session of the Ineco Forum Seminar Cycle under the title "Gender Architecture: a social and inclusive design". The event analysed the inclusion of gender perspective dynamics in projects with the aim of generating an architecture that promotes equality in the enjoyment of spaces, detecting the needs of diversity in order to include them in the design of infrastructures.

The conference was structured around the interventions of Ineco experts - Rocío Cascajo (Transport Economics and Policy Management), Raquel Alonso (Building Project Management) and Antonio Sancho (Building Project Manager) - with Ineco's Deputy Director of Projects, Elena Puente, as moderator, and with a presentation by the head of Adif's Architecture Department, Lola Bahamonde. The director of Civil Engineering, Juan Blas, closed the conference.
The president of Ineco, Carmen Librero, announced the creation of a Gender Architecture team, which, in collaboration with universities such as the Polytechnic University of Madrid, is enabling the company to design open and respectful infrastructures for all users: "an avant-garde project that, together with clients such as ADIF, and under the framework of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma), lays the foundations for taking important steps towards a goal that we see as ever closer: to ensure that all infrastructures integrate gender architecture in their design phase".

For his part, the Secretary General for Infrastructures, Sergio Vázquez Torrón, highlighted the important work being carried out in the Mitma group not only in terms of gender perspective but also in terms of equality and diversity, making these policies cross-cutting. She also stressed that: "the gender perspective is not a partial view, it is a global view. The gender perspective places the emphasis on the diversity of the human being, on diversity, the most elemental degree of which is gender".

Women, at the centre of design

Vázquez Torrón highlighted the importance of providing society with inclusive, accessible and diverse infrastructures, within the framework of the Spanish Government's commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda already incorporates this equality objective in its Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy, as well as in the Spanish Urban Agenda.

A new perspective in which "cooperative and collaborative work between all agents is necessary if we want to change the way we inhabit the worlds with which we interact. This collaborative work is highlighted here between INECO, ADIF and the Polytechnic University of Madrid".

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