teddy cruz visualizes the impact of conflict on design
 
teddy cruz visualizes the impact of conflict on design
may 18, 2014

teddy cruz visualizes the impact of conflict on design


teddy cruz visualizes the impact of conflict on design
all images courtesy of estudio teddy cruz

 

 

 

architect and urbanist teddy cruz has spent a number of years studying the growing divisions and inequalities evident in the neighboring communities of tijuana and san diego in the region spanning the US/mexico border. speaking at the 2014 edition of WHAT DESIGN CAN DO!, cruz argues that highly evolved cities such as los angeles and dubai can learn important and relevant lessons from informally and spontaneous developments, asking the question: ‘can design been born from conflict?’

 

 


the political equator
video courtesy of estudio teddy cruz

 

 

 

cruz relentlessly encourages the implementation of new urban policy alongside affordable housing working with non-profit organizations such as casa familiar. over time, this thorough investigation resulted in estudio teddy cruz, an architectural practice that integrates design production with theoretical research. in his work, guatemalan-born cruz closely examines the nature of top down institutions, such as governments and universities, in comparison with socio-economic organizations that function at a grassroots level.

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the political equator project considers the growing divide between northern and southern territories

 

 

 

‘the future of cities today depends less on buildings but more on the fundamental reorganization of socio-economic relations,’ cruz states. ‘the best ideas for this renewal will not come from enclaves of economic power and abundance, but from sectors of conflict and scarcity. there an urgent imagination can really inspire us to rethink urban growth today.’

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diagram indicating the ‘functioning core’ versus the ‘non-integrating gap’

 

 


south to north: pixelating the large with the small
video courtesy of estudio teddy cruz

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the pixelated map highlights migration from south to north

 

 


casa familiar: the performance of a small parcel
video courtesy of estudio teddy cruz

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cruz encourages the implementation of affordable housing working with non-profit organizations such as casa familiar

 

 


north to south: urbanism made of waste
video courtesy of estudio teddy cruz

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cruz’s work considers the resuse of existing materials

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portrait of teddy cruz

 

 

in 1991, cruz received the rome prize in architecture; in 2005 he was the first recipient of the james stirling memorial lecture on the city prize. born in guatemala, he is currently a professor in public culture and urbanism in the visual arts department at university of california, san diego.

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