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Doug Spencer

Author: Heather Sauer | Image: Heather Sauer

Doug Spencer, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, wrote the introduction to the book Can this be? Surely this cannot be?” Architectural Workers Organizing in Europe by Marisa Cortright (VI PER Gallery, Prague, 2021). The book’s essays link localized discontent and disappointment with the architectural industry to broader currents of anticapitalist struggle, from prison abolition to climate justice. By expanding what forms of collective action constitute “organizing” and questioning the ongoing project of “Europe,” the text sets forth a critique of architectural work beyond architecture.