The Architecture Lobby, a national organization of architectural workers advocating for the value of architecture to the general public and for architectural labor within the discipline, is organizing a fundraiser titled “Infrastructure: An Architecture Labor Party” in New York City on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Prime Produce.
The dance party and auction will kick off a series of events planned for 2018 themed around Infrastructure and Architecture, and seeks to bring together a broad, diverse community of supporters.
The Architecture Lobby is growing rapidly, with chapters in more than 12 cities and in schools across the country. Recent projects include the #NotOurWall project, which confronts the Trump border wall and the larger infrastructure of immigration, culminating in a book that is being printed now; JustDesign.Us, a research and certification project seeking to highlight firms with good labor practices; and a labor law pamphlet providing resources for workers navigating labor practices. Overall, the Architecture Lobby’s efforts includes think-ins, publications, national campaigns, and projects examining how architecture is responding to changing social, technological and economic conditions.
On March 3, the infrastructure-themed shindig is an opportunity to meet and engage with the diverse, dues-paying membership of The Architecture Lobby’s New York City Chapter, which includes architectural students; young, mid-career, and senior professionals; firm owners; design journalists; and academics. According to the Lobby, its membership is “a community of architectural workers who are full of ideas for the future of the profession and are proactive in working to create change.”
An online auction will offer art works, skillshares, and experiences by Lobby members, allies, and prominent supporters across the country representing the value of architectural labor and engaging with the nationally critical issue of infrastructure. The auction will open on February 24 on the event website, and will end during the party, on March 3rd, giving attendees a final chance to bid.
All donations and funds will support The Architecture Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to supporting the educational activities of The Architecture Lobby.
Visit www.architecture-lobby.org to learn more about the The Architecture Lobby and its efforts.
William Menking, AN‘s Editor-in-Chief, is a board member of The Architecture Lobby.