Wednesday 17th Oct 2018
6:30 – 8:30pm
Put on by Space.City
Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman were chosen as one of seven design teams to be featured in the U.S. Pavilion’s official exhibition, “Dimensions of Citizenship,” at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. They examine the U.S./Mexican border as a boundary-less environmental area, “challenging the idea that the edge of a nation demands a wall”, using watersheds, indigenous lands, ecological corridors, and migratory patterns to argue that the border represents an area of commonality and cooperative opportunity rather than political division.
"(Our exhibition) is emblematic and symbolic of the hope that can be opened up through art, sculpture and other sectors that really should continue engaging and fighting against those positions," Cruz said. "Architects more and more need to take a political position against what is morally and ethically wrong."
UC San Diego professor Teddy Cruz has won the annual $100,000 Vilcek Prize, which honors the contributions of immigrants to American culture. Rick Kinsel, president of the foundation, called their work “as necessary as it is timely,” and said it “highlights the harmony and connection that still exists, even in these divisive times.”
Born in Guatemala, Cruz came to California when he was 20 and was struck by the things that both unite and divide the communities of San Diego and Tijuana. He and design partner Fonna Forman, also a UC San Diego professor, have been working recently with local governments, schools, and non-profit groups to create community spaces for arts and educational programming along the border.
Teddy Cruz is one of the most prominent architects representing more socially-oriented thinking about architecure, and as he says, “The future of our cities depends less on buildings and more on the reorganization of socio-economic relations.“
Advance tickets are $10 at Brown Paper Tickets, $15 at the door. Students $5 with ID.