The Sudanese House

During the 1980s, a Sudanese architecture student presented a housing thesis, a required project for graduate work. During his final appearance before a faculty committee, he was questioned about why he had provided each house with two front doors. The student explained that it was to accommodate the common practice in his country of dividing houses according to sex. The faculty member persisted that in our day and age, this didn't seem like an appropriate attitude for architects to take. The student responded, with some pride: "Traditionally the women's door is smaller, but I made both doors the same size."

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