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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/21/2022
Rolling Admission 01/31/2022 05/24/2022

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Program Description:
Architecture is both the product of labor and the organizer of its relations, yet often these issues remain overshadowed by aesthetic considerations and the broader discourse of design. This course aims to shift the question of labor in architecture to the foreground by inviting students to reflect on the spatio-political role architecture has played in mediating bodies, work and capital. To do this, the course will introduce not only a set of paradigmatic spaces of work by situating genealogically its spatial transformations alongside socio-political histories; but it also seeks to understand the forms of labor that have been produced to feed architectural production and its endless cycles of extraction and maintenance. With the former, ‘Spaces of Labor’, we will seek to understand how various architectural typologies (offices, factories, houses, etc.) organizes labor and social relations; with the latter, ‘Labors of Architecture’, we will aim at analyzing architecture as a commodity, as an instrument of capital that mobilizes various labor practices beyond its object (construction, maintenance, resource extraction). If the former is concerned with broadening the understanding of architecture to present it instead as a lens to which to understand labor histories and struggles, the latter is interested in understanding what architecture reproduces: labor as an effect of architecture. Together the two parts, which are often indistinguishable from each other, aim to introduce architecture as a site entangled in socio-political histories not only shaping the lives of those working within their walls but also broader socio-political contexts far beyond its envelope.

The two main themes cut across the following sites of work that we will reflect upon during the term: Construction work, Extraction work, Factory work, Logistic work, Office work, Remote work, Unpaid housework, Domestic work, Maintenance work, Farm work, Carceral work. All of these sessions will draw its analysis by intersecting architectural discourse with other disciplines that will complement the spatial histories of the worksites in question. Each site will be presented through a series of case studies that will vary in terms of geographical context and scale allowing, in this way, the possibility to highlight structural and systemic issues. As such this course does not present a comprehensive history of the relation between architecture and labor, rather it serves as an opening to the field.

Course Days and Times
Tuesday and Friday, 13:30-14:50 (New York Time). 19:30-20:50 (Vienna Time). 

Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco

Course Level

4 US / 8 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Bard College Annandale (ANN)


This program is currently not accepting applications.