"We want students to be able to build — to go to a building or a plaza and be able to analyze what works and what doesn't. And we want them to work within the social context, in this case, of Tijuana."
"Tijuana is our laboratory," says Enrique González Silva, the school's founding academic director. "The idea of the program is that the students understand the reality of being an architect here." [...]
"The theory is very important. But we want students to be able to design and build." — latimes.com
More on Tijuana's developing architectures:Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence SubsidesEl futuro necesita imaginarse; Tijuana, Edgelands and Network cultureRethinking the U.S./Mexico Border Fence
Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity.
The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city...
Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes. — nytimes.com
Drop by Hollywood’s finest art and architecture bookstore, Hennessey + Ingalls, tonight for a special event launching Shaping the City, a newly revised edition of contemporary urbanism case studies. The event will also feature a conversation with University of Toronto’s Director of...
As we look at the border in an age of network culture ascendant, we need to do so with the special goggles of a Deleuzian Israeli commando, and see the presence of the networks that are the real nervous system of the cities on both sides, networks that pay little attention to the border...As we look at the robot eyes of the surveillance cameras, we need to pay more attention to how networks let the people conduct surveillance on power. — The New York Review of Science Fiction
Chris N Brown analyzes the threads between; a) a series of recent projects by Pepe Rojo, (of the media studies faculty of the Autonomous University of Baja California) and 150 of his students in creating the imaginary Tijuana Liberation Front (FLT), dedicated to articulating-hacking the...
It would be easy for me to raise a picket sign and as an architect say, ‘Down with this wall!’ — Fast Company
"Border Wall as Infrastructure" a proposal by Ron Rael and a partner, Virginia San Fratello, was a finalist in the 2010 Working Public Architecture 2.0 Competition organized by UCLA's cityLAB. Mr. Rael is first to admit that his plan isn't likely to be implemented anytime soon. Until then...
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