A radical trade school invites architects and activists to Puerto Rico for a summer of learning and research

In the 19th and 20th century, cigar rollers working day in and day out hired one of their literate comrades to spend the workday reading out loud. What started as a way to pass time evolved into a means of formal education that later gave way to collective liberation and anti-colonial discourse. Referred to as lectores or “loud-readers,” the oratory practice continues to today with LOUDREADERS, a free and accessible trade school and platform of public architectural pedagogy led by Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski, cofounding partners of WAI Architecture Think Tank.

Garcia and Frankowski started the vocational program in 2020 when many traditional universities and institutions

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