ABC Summer School

From the syllabus:

A summer school organized by The Architecture Lobby

This 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 ABC School 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.