Cathryn Ladd

My research looks at constructs of gender and feminist theory within Japanese Kyosho Jutaku’s (micro houses). Through looking at small interior spaces, my work aims to assess the extent to which these houses take on a political dimension through their connection to feminist and queer politics; in particular the realisation of female agency, intimacy, domestic structure and the evolution of the nuclear family.

To situate my work within Japanese scholarship, I am also considering how the Kyosho Jutaku relates to, embodies, and keeps alive the theory of ‘Cool Japan’ – in particular through demonstrations of the flexible body and performativity. Similarly, I aim to situate the Kyosho Jutaku within the ideology of ‘Japanese-ness’; by indicating that nationhood can be found within architectural explorations of design, space, tradition, nature and religion.