Teddy Cruz, award-winning architect and Associate Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism at the University of California, San Diego, speaks about the alternative housing and public infrastructure that has emerged around the San Diego—Tijuana border, the most trafficked checkpoint in the world.
Moderated by Lee Rodney, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.
About Teddy Cruz
Teddy Cruz was born in Guatemala City. He obtained a Masters in Design Studies degree at Harvard University in 1997 and established his research-based architecture practice in San Diego, California, in 2000. He has been internationally recognized for his urban research of the Tijuana–San Diego border and for advancing border immigrant neighbourhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy and propose new models of inclusive housing and civic infrastructure. In 1991, he received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture and, in 2005, he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture on the City Prize from the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics. In 2008, he was selected to represent the United States in the Venice Architecture Biennale and, in 2011, he was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. He is currently a professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego, and the co-founder of the Center for Urban Ecologies.
About Lee Rodney
Lee Rodney is associate professor of Media Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Windsor. An interdisciplinary writer/curator interested in mobile spaces, alternative economies and transnational cultures, she has published essays on contemporary art, cultural theory and visual culture in a range of books and publications, recently including Space and Culture, Parallax, Prefix Photo and PAJ: Performance Art Journal and Cartographies of Place. Currently she is research director of the Border Bookmobile project, an urban research platform and traveling archive of books, videos, photographs and ephemera about the urban history of the Windsor–Detroit region and other border regions around the world. The project chronicles the changing relationship between Detroit and Windsor as border cities in the industrial heartland of North America. It also serves as a social platform for workshops, talks and discussions about borders within and between cities, and the production of space in borderlands of more heterogeneous and contested areas around the world. She has received research grants from the Canada–U.S. Fulbright Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.