UN-WORKING: To undo or destroy (work previously done); the lack or absence of work.
The UN-WORKING project was a series of student and faculty workshops that sought to reframe the condition of architectural labor within design pedagogy. Organized in 2018-2019, the UN-WORKING events——WORK + PLATFORM + SPACE——tested out new formats of design education that more precisely revealed how architecture overlays with emerging social, political, and digital platforms of production. By explicitly connecting emerging forms of architectural labor within digital economies to current modes of precarity within design, the project used a combined format of design charrette and reading discussions to update architectural pedagogy to the contemporary landscape of labor and its infrastructures.
Participants: Peggy Deamer, Manuel Shvartzberg, Irene Sunwoo, Claire Zimmerman, Keller Easterling, Douglas Spencer, and Francesco Marullo
Organizers: Brittany Utting and Daniel Jacobs
This project, TACTICAL PEDAGOGIES: Rethinking Architectural Labor Through the Studio Model, was made possible by a 2018-2019 Equity Innovation Grant from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.
01 UN-WORKING WORK
November 12, 2018, @noon Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Participants: Peggy Deamer, Manuel Shvartzberg, Irene Sunwoo, Claire Zimmerman
02 UN-WORKING PLATFORM
January 28, 2019, @noon Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Participants: Keller Easterling, Douglas Spencer
03 UN-WORKING Space
February 18, 2019, @noon Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Participant: Francesco Marullo
Photography by Yojairo Lomeli