Recently, the American Institute of Architects released a report on diversity in architecture. The results show that while both women and people of colour remain underrepresented, gender issues are particularly acute. In support, Archdaily wrote about how greater gender equity and workforce diversity benefits a firm’s triple bottom line. Work-life balance, flexibility and working hours were key challenges reported. Addressing these concerns is likely to have one more benefit: a field more reflective and responsive to the society it serves.
The internet was heralded as a platform to cross boundaries and connect people with new and diverse ideas. Is it achieving this? In an illuminating TED Talk, pioneering online organizer Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble, discusses how search engines, social media platforms and even news agencies are discretely tailoring content to the user. Considering that different users can get different results for the same Google Maps search, this could have dramatic real-life effects on diversity and the exchange of ideas in our cities.