First Capra Course Webinar with Steven Bingler: Architecture as Community Practice

Tomorrow we will kick off the first in a series of free monthly webinars called Capra Course Webinars. These will feature Fritjof in conversation with friends and colleagues about their work and life.

Joining us as the first guest in the series will be architect Steven Bingler.

Steven is the founder and CEO of Concordia, a community-centered engagement, planning and architectural co-design studio in New Orleans, Louisiana. Concordia, from the Latin word meaning agreement between people and harmony among things, is also the firm’s one-word mission statement.

The Concordia studio explores its mission in several ways, including research collaborations with, governmental agencies and through a diverse network of collaborations with community-based organizations. You can read more about Steven and Concordia here:

The webinar will be facilitated by Phoebe Tickell, our Course Development Manager.


Photo taken from the Concordia website (


Discussion topics

Fritjof and Steven will be discussing the tension between the purpose of organizations when they are designed, and their “communities of practice”. They will explore links between this pattern in organizations drawing on Steven’s experience in architecture, and bringing in elements from the Capra Course on the nature of human organizations.

Steven will also be touching upon the history of Concordia, and his experience working with community-based organizations, and talking about his projects. Some of the projects Steven will be talking about are the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborne, Michigan; an NGO sponsored community center (Baker Ripley Center: Houston, Texas) ; and a city and school district collaborating on the development of an 8 acre site: (Emeryville Center for Community Life: Emeryville, California).

One unique aspect to Steven’s work as an architect is that his projects also include work that involves the whole community – with the same principles applying at a much larger scale. He will talk about his work on the Unified New Orleans Plan (After Hurricane Katrina) and more recently in the Kalinago Indian Territory in Dominica.

A rough idea of the schedule

First 5 minutes: Welcome

5 minutes: Fritjof introduces the webinar and Steven

35 minutes: Fritjof and Steven in conversation. Questions are collected in the chat window from listeners and participants.

15 minutes: Phoebe asks a number of questions selected from those collected.

Final 5 minutes: Wrap up.

Webinar Details:

First Capra Course Webinar: Architecture as Community Practice: Fritjof in conversation with Steven Bingler

Date: July 29th, 2018

Time: 10am California, 4pm Brazil, 6pm UK, 7pm Spain

Duration: 60 mins

Access: No preregistration is required. You can watch live on Zoom via this link:

We hope that you will join us live for this first Capra Course Webinar. We will also be recording the webinar and posting the recording on the Alumni Network and our social media channels.

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Phoebe Tickell

Hello! My name is Phoebe Tickell and I am the Publicist and Course Development Manager for the Capra Course. I manage the Capra Course blog, social media accounts, partnerships and course development. I can be reached at [email protected] I wanted to also share a little bit more about my background. I have a degree in Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and since graduating have been working to connect the world of science, technology and social change. I teach at Schumacher College, UK, and work on various social change and education projects, with a focus on transformative education and building networks that enable social change. I look forward to the upcoming Capra Course.