Term: Spring 2024
Section: 1
Class Number: 52970
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes

/ ARCH 409

Non-Extractive (Switzerland)

What is possible when designers stop working with commercial real estate developers and materials drawn from global networks of extraction? What new kinds of architecture and city-making can emerge from resident-led building cooperatives that share space and pool resources? How can existing buildings be resources for new material configurations? This course will focus on non-extractive* ways of building that center co-ownership, co-production, and material resourcefulness. We will visit and study built projects across Switzerland that showcase new forms of collective living and drive systemic change eco-nomically, socially, and environmentally. Along the way, we will meet architects, cooperative members, scholars, and municipal officials all contributing to these emerging models. Drawing from the travel experience, students will collaboratively produce a guidebook for non-extractive models of ownership and material sourcing.



Gabriel Cuéllar