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From Penitentiary Philosophies to Abolitionist Alternatives [PPAA] Teach-Ins
In the summer of 2021, we found ourselves returning often to conversations about the abolition of policing and prisons. Inspired by engagements with organizers we met through networks of the Architecture Lobby (TAL) and Design as Protest (DAP), and driven by carceral work we found ourselves tasked with in our day jobs, we worked with members of TAL’s Racial Justice Working Group to adapt an existing workshop on carceral design into ‘From Penitentiary Philosophies to Abolitionist Alternatives’ (PPAA), a 1.5 hour interactive teach-in designed to bring students, alumni, educators, practitioners and activists into conversation with each other around questions of carceral design, abolitionist advocacy, student and emergent practitioner agency.
We have hosted three PPAA teach-ins:
- October 2021: The Design School at ASU, NOMA Arizona, TAL Phoenix
- February 2022: UC Berkeley NOMAS, SFNOMA, TAL Bay Area
- April 2022: Tulane School of Architecture, members of Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson’s Transition Teams
We are immensely grateful to the educators, students and practitioners who participated, and especially to those who took part in organizing these teach-ins with us - especially the late Prescott Reavis, whose support was instrumental in shaping the series, and to whom our February workshop is dedicated.