Public Talk: Teddy Cruz

Public talk by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman

Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman (USA) will give the final Public Talk in the Arts Council’s Extending Architecture initiative, which is managed by Create.

Public Talk: Friday 29 April, 7-9pm
Venue: Granary Theatre, Cork
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Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman

Co-Directors: The Cross-Border Initiative

Teddy Cruz is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, where he is founding Co-Director of the Center for Urban Ecologies. He is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his awards include representing the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters.

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is a political theorist best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial and public dimensions of his political economy. Current work focuses on theories and practices of global justice as they manifest at local and regional scales, and the place of civic engagement in strategies of equitable urbanization. She presently consults on social and economic rights for the Commission on Global Citizenship, to advise United Nations policy on human rights. Together they direct the Cross-Border Initiative, and partner on many projects focused on social justice and the city, with a special emphasis on informality in Latin American cities. From 2012-13 they served as special advisors on Civic and Urban Initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab. They are presently co-investigating a Ford Foundation-funded study on citizenship culture in the San Diego-Tijuana border region, in collaboration with Antanas Mockus and the Bogota-based NGO, Corpovisionarios.


Extending Architecture

In many architectural practices, arts centres, galleries, festivals, civic venues and public spaces around the world, dynamic practitioners are seeking to broaden out the field of architecture beyond the design and construction of buildings alone. This is redefining ideas of architecture, space and place. These examples of ways to engage the public with architectural practices and the presentation of architecture open out a sense of architecture as a platform for collective conversations about the kind of world we live in today.