Sep '06 - Dec '09
I am very excited, this semester I got my first choice in the lottery: Teddy Cruz's : Housing in Nicaragua - Radicalizing the Local: The Neighborhood as Political Unit.
We are going to Granada, Nicaragua and it promises to be an intense research studio for the NGO Casas de la Esperanza's housing project that will actually get built. Teddy says that at the end he hopes a few of us will go to Nicaragua to oversee the design implementation, so we will work as a team, resembling an office (like in the Tajo studio).
Furthermore, this is another systematic studio where the focus is as much in reshuffling and rethinking larger systems such as power and financial structures as it is in the final architectural intervention. Basically his studio is another chance to further study the power, financial, and social structures studied last semester and re-think the relationships, allowing our designs to fill gaps and make connections not seen previously; except that now this information will be focused on a specific project with real world implications and influencing an architectural design meant for construction.
We actually plan to look at the social design blog and look ways to appropriately expand the body of information, either in this site or a complementary one.
Finally, I want to note that 6 option studios are traveling to Latin America (Brazil(2), Argentina, Mexico(2), Nicaragua) and right now we have a major exhibit of Latin American cities. I hope this will become a positive trend in the GSD...