Feminist design power tools parlay into feminist practices. Through a feminist practice, one experiments in order to discover what can be, not what is. As Haraway writes, feminist practices are “collective discourses,” not isolated ideas or individual groups. Feminist practices are concerned with the immediacy of location, the networks that exist across platforms that provide potentials of the unknown and engage both local and global geopolitical concerns. There is power in collective inquiry, leading toward collective action; open-ended exploration develops new modes of practice. She makes accessible these theorists, providing new insights into ways feminist theory and feminist methodologies have impacted and influenced a great range of architectural thinking, for decades. We generally do not hear enough of these connections, especially within the American context.
Through the use of a how-to DIY guide, Frichot is democratizing design knowledge and its creative application. How we are trained, historically idolizing a handful of master designers within an architectural canon, falls far short from the vast potentials we all weld as designers motivated to practice ethically for maximum impact. Design should not, no longer can be, for the elite. Through creating and then using one’s own feminist design power tools, we too can engage pertinent issues. In this feminist position, design knowledge is not to be guarded or defended by disciplinary expertise and practiced by the lone few; rather, design knowledge is shared, distributed, and embraced by a much wider and far more inclusive population to influence the future of our environment. We must be active, where we live, each and every day.