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Beyond Capitalism?
Organizing Architecture Education
Frank Burridge, Aaron Cayer, Kirsten Day, Peggy Deamer, Andrea Dietz, Jessica Garcia Fritz, Palmyra Geraki, Daniel Jacobs, Valérie Lechêne, Natalie Leonard
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A power map of an electric toothbrush; an influencer; an architecture license. An organizational map linking the precarity of a construction worker to a window cleaner to an asset manager. A resource map of a public university; an architecture firm; a food coop. These collaborative projects emerged during a free and virtual summer school named Architecture Beyond Capitalism (ABC), which launched in 2021 as an experiment in architecture education. Organized by members of The Architecture Lobby, the ABC School’s planning, structure, and participation revealed insights about academia’s subservience to capitalism. The school focused on organizing—with practitioners, educators, students, and the public—as a pedagogical practice that could unite historically fragmented sites, workers, and concerns of architecture education in order to meet the structural challenges of the current planetary crises.

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