Toolkit for Today

The CCA designs and convenes Toolkit for Today, a week of seminars, workshops, and public events that invites scholars to share their methods, topical questions, and objects of inquiry with the participants of our Doctoral Research Residency Program.

Each year, a topic is chosen to respond to and direct emerging currents in scholarly practice and to encourage the development of critical methodologies and communities.

In 2024, Toolkit for Today: Cross Wor(l)ds/Queer Wor(l)ds assembles a series of seminars that centre queer and trans* theory and asks how critiques of normative structures can inform new interpretations of the built environment.

An archive of previous editions of Toolkit for Today can serve as a resource for students and others interested in charting how architectural scholarship deploys methods that move in parallel with contemporary social issues.

2023 Toolkit for Today: Collectivity

2022 Toolkit for Today: Carbon Present

2021 Toolkit for Today: Legalities for Living

2020 Toolkit for Today: In the Planetary Field

2019 Toolkit for Today: Archival Absencing

2018 Toolkit for Today: Activisms

2017 Toolkit for Today: Oral History

2016 Toolkit for Today: Keywords for the Environment

2014 Toolkit for Today: Materials and Atmosphere

2013 Toolkit for Today: Archaeology of the Digital

2012 Toolkit for Today: Concepts for Contemporary Architecture


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