[artinfo] The Architecture Beyond Capitalism Summer School

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Architecture Beyond Capitalism
Virtual Summer School
June 19-July 31, 2021


The labor advocacy organization the 
Lobby is launching a six-week-long virtual summer school this June: 
Beyond Capitalism (ABC School). The school stems from a desire within 
The Architecture Lobby to critically interrogate the structures and 
systems of power that have made change difficult within design 
professions and institutions. We believe that existing schools of 
architecture do not teach what they could or should. The ABC School 
is open to anyone wanting to better understand how architecture is 
part of larger class, race, gender, and extraction-based capitalist 
economies. Sessions will address inequity and inaccess to 
architectural education, burdens of debt on students, the precarious 
labor of students, faculty, and staff, and it will prepare 
participants for a post-developer-driven mode of practice.

The Lobby is committed to long-term structural change, including the 
prototyping of new curricular structures and content, developing new 
modes of co-producing, and sharing knowledge equitably. More specific 
than comprehensive, The ABC School represents a small first step 
toward larger change.

The virtual summer program is FREE and open to students, faculty, 
practitioners, and members of various publics in all parts of the 
world. It will span six weeks beginning Saturday, June 19, 2021 with 
a culminating think-in session on July 31. The content will be 
organized in three thematic sections: "Capitalism," "Labor," and 
"Collective Practice." Each theme has two discussion-based 
components: debates stimulated by provocations from people whose work 
is central to the week's theme and salons for discussing the outcomes 
of design assignments pertinent to that theme.

to learn more and to sign up.
Enrollment may be limited due to technological capacity. The school 
is free, but commitment is essential. Collective discussions 
necessitate two to three hours of weekly participation. Assignments 
prompts are given every other week, requiring about an hour to 

Important dates
Saturday, April 10: Sign-up opens
Saturday, May 15: Sign-up closes
Saturday, May 22: Participants notified
Saturday, June 5: Cohort finalized

All events to be held virtually from 4-6pm EST

Saturday, June 19: Session 1, Capitalism
Saturday, June 26: Salon 1
Saturday, July 3: Session 2, Labor
Saturday, July 10: Salon 2
Saturday, July 17: Session 3, Collective Practice
Saturday, July 24: Salon 3
Saturday, July 31: Think-in

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