The author of seminal titles such as Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth (2004), The Power of Place (1995), and Redesigning the American Dream (1984), Hayden has become a first-name writer and architectural theorist in keeping with the tradition of past prize winners such as Mabel O. Wilson, Paul Goldberger, and Jane Jacobs.
NBM President Aileen Fuchs called the honoree a "true pioneer in using the built environment to document the history of gender, class and race."
The jury’s chair, Georgia Tech professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, said that her work “both unearths little-known built precedents of socially progressive housing types and demands that we question whose needs and aspirations were served by the policies that manufactured ‘the American Dream,’” adding that her “powerful voice has inspired and emboldened diverse audiences including next-generation feminists, placemakers and New Urbanist planners alike and remains extremely relevant.”
Hayden will now deliver a presentation on “the urbanism of care” at a special ceremony to be live-streamed from the museum on October 3rd. The lecture will take from her work documenting the beginnings of this concept seen in her 1981 exploration The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities and embodied by the museum’s mission of promoting social justice in the built environment.
Dunham-Jones will join Hayden for a further discussion on the topic of feminist infrastructure immediately following the presentation.
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