New book published by VI PER Gallery
Drawing from the experiences and misgivings of architectural workers across Europe, including her own, Marisa Cortright argues that architectural workers would do well to recognize themselves as workers. In so doing, she suggests, they would be better disposed to challenge extractive and oppressive modes of architectural production. These essays on Architectural Workers, Organizing, and Europe link localized discontent and disappointment with the architectural industry to broader currents in anticapitalist struggle, from prison abolition to climate justice. By expanding what forms of collective action constitute “organizing” and questioning the ongoing project of “Europe,” this text sets forth a critique of architectural work beyond architecture.
Marisa Cortright is an architectural worker based in Zagreb, Croatia. Prior to publishing “‘Can This Be? Surely This Cannot Be?’ Architectural Workers Organizing in Europe,” she contributed to the exhibition “Safe Spaces – The Right to Space” at the Arcam and urged Death to the Calling in Failed Architecture.
Author: Marisa Cortright
Introduction: Douglas Spencer
Graphic design: Anežka Hrubá Ciglerová
Published by VI PER Gallery, Prague, 2021
100 pages, 4 illustrations
Supported by the Future Architecture Platform – Creative Europe, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, City of Prague and State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic.