The Beguinages Cities within Cities: Analysis of other hybrid types in the medieval city

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It is possible to find in the past the emergence of a new situation where women break with the way of life based on the nuclear family and who have the will to transform the spatial conditions they inhabit - the house and the city that they have inherited from established urban form. This research intends to demonstrate how women where effective effective in this and the fact that the Beguinage human-space relationship occurred with a gendered perspective. Two issues are analysed which reinforced each other: the changes they made in the spatial properties of the places they lived in; and the multiple-uses that were in the Beguinages. This research shows how women updated the existing domesticity by means of the Beguinages in the Middle Ages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Research in Architecture and Urbanism EURAU ALICANTE
Subtitle of host publicationRetroactive Research in Architecture
EditorsJavier Sánchez Merina
Place of PublicationAlicante, Spain
PublisherUniversity of Alicante
Chapter05. European Urbanization
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-84-1302-082-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • City
  • Domesticity
  • Intimacy
  • Gender
  • Middle Ages


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