Architecture and Contemporary Labor

Course

3259a
History and Theory

Offered

Fall
2016

This seminar examines both the practical and theoretical parameters that affect architectural labor today. On the theoretical side, texts are examined related to material/immaterial labor, the creative class, the performance of craft in the digital age, and the labor distinction between craft and design in architecture. On the practical side, students pull articles from journals, newspapers, Web sites, publications, and blogs that relate to creative labor and architectural remuneration to get the pulse of the contemporary dynamics of value assigned to design work and its relationship to the industries, from art and graphic design to construction and robotics. Required are short in-class presentations and a fifteen-page paper. Limited enrollment.