teddy cruz

teddy cruz bw

[san diego, ca]

intro’d to Teddy here:

ted global jun 2013:

How architectural innovations migrate across borders

socioeconomic sustainability

as an architect – compelling to witness this creative intelligence.. but i also want to keep myself in check.. i don’t want to romanticize poverty.. this informal organization is not just an image of precariousness.. that informality here is really a set of social economic/political procedures that we could translate as artists. this is about a bottom up organization that performs.. buildings not just important for looks.. but for what they do..

while waste travels south bound.. people go north for dollars.

future of s ca – depends on the retrofeting of the large organization with the small programs.. ie: immigrants come to neighborhoods, they alter the one dimensionality of parcels/properties  into more socially and economically complex systems…

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social economic entrepreneurship – on the ground – ways to translate into better land use

neighborhoods become the inspiration to imagine all the interpretations of citizenship.. which has less to do with belonging to the nation state and more to do with upholding the notion of citizenship as a creative act – that reorganizes institutional protocols in the spaces of the city.

the visualization of citizenship – in order to narrative – between social processes and spaces.

digging under roadway – dug in a sort of bermuda triangle of policy..

redefine spaces in the city

this has become a fundamental narrative… engage conflict itself as a creative tool

the urgency of this collective imagination – at the center of the new formation of the social economic justice in the city

from urbanization of consumption to neighborhoods of production..

self-organizing/self-directed ness dance..


20113 – ted global lounge:

found in translation

we can not wait for our developers.. they are not our clients.. but rather ourselves.. gaining the knowledge of the developer.. 

we become the developer – because the knowledge is out there to be mobilized..  – architects becoming developers..

what produces transformation.. about a political transformation of institutions.. a new civic education. an – urban pedagogy –

engage hearts and minds of people in constructing their own city…

requires investment in education particularly… an urban education.. one of closest projects i want to follow in next years..

roll of programming – when certain buildings remain static.. designers not only of spaces but protocols..

ownership of your own city – reforming government..

designing social relations..

one of most provocative questions – protect and uphold magic of the unplanned… we need other forms of governance..


find/follow Teddy:

teddy site


at uc san diego:

teddy cruz on uc san diego


part of ucsd bio:

Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography of conflict has inspired a practice and pedagogy that emerges from the particularities of this bicultural territory and the integration of theoretical research, pedagogy and design production. His practice and research convene knowledges from across the fields of architecture and urbanism, environmental and social practice, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, and mediate the interface between top down institutions (governments, universities, foundations) and bottom-up socio-economic, cultural and environmental intelligence embedded in communities.

Teddy Cruz was born in Guatemala City. He began studying architecture at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City and continued his studies at California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (B.Arch, 1987) with a year of studies spent in Florence, Italy under Christiano Toraldo DiFrancia, founder of avant-garde group Superstudio. He completed his architectural education at Harvard University GSD (M.Des.S. 1997) and established his San Diego research-based architectural practice, estudio teddy cruz in 2000. From 1994 to 2000 he was founding director of the LA/LA Latin America / Los Angeles studio, an experimental workshop at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. From 2000-05, he was Associate Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University, where he began the Border Institute (BI) to further research on cross-border urban dynamics in the San Diego-Tijuana region. He is currently a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego, where he co-founded the Center for Urban Ecologies with urban curator Kyong Park in 2010; and co-founded the Blum Cross-Border Initiative with political theorist Fonna Forman in 2013. He is also presentlly a special advisor to the City of San Diego on Urban and Public Initiatives.


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self organizing graphic