Politecnico di Milano: Student Wins Scholarship

Weronika Zdziarska, a recent graduate at Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Architectural Design, is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Riba Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship.

Weronika’s project “Don’t Stay Out Alone: addressing women’s perception of safety and freedom in cities by design” will evaluate previous interventions carried out by international, regional, and local organisations in South America, to improve the safety of women in cities. Five cities have been selected for evaluation, each representing different attitudes and responses to this area of research: Medellín, Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; Santiago, Chile; Montevideo, Uruguay and Curitiba, Brazil. The proposal seeks to demonstrate the relationships between gender inequality and design, and to outline best practices for building more inclusive cities.

The scholarship is awarded by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), with Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Norman Foster, among the jury members.

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